"Coronavirus mutations are named according to the letters of the Greek alphabet, and if they run out, a special group of experts will make an additional decision on the appointment," official representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Russian Federation Melita Vujnovic told Moscow Radio, APA report.
The WHO representative added that the names of the new variants are in the Greek alphabet to make it easier for people to follow them:
"In principle, the names are not related to where the mutations were first discovered, because they can appear at any time and anywhere. The names are determined by a special working group of experts from the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution. The scientists in the group are not WHO staff, they only give their recommendations to the organization," said Melita Vujnovic.