The list of Covid variants:
Why did the W.H.O omit the letter Xi and jump straight to Omicron?
All things considered, it would be rather awkward for the world to be battling a coronavirus variant that shares its name with Chinese President Xi Jinping, especially after all the debates over the origin of the original virus; Nu was also left out.
According to the W.H.O, people often resort to calling variants by the places where they are detected, which is stigmatising and discriminatory.
“To avoid this and to simplify public communications, WHO encourages national authorities, media outlets and others to adopt these new labels.”
Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden signed a hate crimes law aimed at protecting Asian Americans who have suffered a surge in attacks during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Could the omission of Xi be due to the $57M in funding that China gives the W.H.O?
The second highest contributor?
America being the highest donor, 116 million.
The Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won the 2017 election with 133 votes out of 186, thanks to the backing of China as well as the African Union, and countries in the Pacific, and the Caribbean. Beijing reportedly “worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help Tedros defeat the United Kingdom candidate (Dr. David Nabarro) for the W.H.O job.” This is a textbook case of how China exercises its influences to select a favoured candidate.
During his administration, President Trump halted funding to the W.H.O due to concerns that China had too much influence over the organisation. China then pledged a grant of an additional 30 million to the W.H.O.
In conclusion, The W.H.O cannot afford to upset the Chinese leadership due to the influence they have over this organisation.