From our foreign desk; The World Health Organization (WHO) has given the flu-like virus commonly called Corona Virus a name: Covid-19
This was announced by the director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday during a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva.
“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing, it also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreak.” Tedros told reporters.
The Covid-19 can further be broken down with denotation; the CO stands for Corona, the VI stands for Virus, the D stands for Disease and the 19 stands for 2019.
Accordingly to WHO’s chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the acronym allows for flexibility for naming new coronavirus that may emerge in the future.
“Coronavirus is a group of viruses that are quite common, There are many known strains of coronavirus. It is possible that there will be another strain of coronavirus. Then that could also be named by the year it appeared.
It’s important to have a name that everybody uses — both for scientific purposes to compare … and also to avoid a number of different stigmatizing or other forms of confusing names,” Swaminathan said.
The WHO’s global research and innovation forum met for the first time on Tuesday at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva.
Representatives of China and other member states, bioethicists, major research funders and infectious disease experts were among the attendees.
The mission of the forum according to the preliminary agenda, is to establish a common understanding of the virus and to agree upon priorities and governance framework moving forward.
However, the executive director of WHO’s emergencies program, Dr. Mike Ryan, the team in collaboration with Chinese scientists hopes to learn the source of the outbreak and the virus’s natural host.
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