Top 10 news: New Covid variant names, Trump's plans for 2024 elections & more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Aug 08, 2021, 07:54 PM(IST)

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According to World Health Organization (WHO) expert Maria Van Kerkhove, the organisation is in the process of exploring new names for coronavirus variants. Currently, the WHO is using the Greek alphabet, of the 24 letters it offers, 11 have already been taken up. Expressing concern, she said that new variants of Covid may appear which might be able to avoid the existing vaccines. Reportedly, WHO is considering naming future variants after constellations.

In other news, according to former US President Donald Trump's onetime press secretary Sean Spicer, in spite of losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, Donald Trump will run for the US 2024 Election. He says that even though he was earlier not certain that Trump will run again, convincing him not to run for the post of President would be almost impossible.

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Constellation names for new Covid variants that could evade vaccines: WHO

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Donald Trump to run for US Presidential election 2024, Sean Spicer claims

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US averages 100,000 COVID-19 cases as Delta variant surges; Florida worst-hit

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Saudi compensates families of COVID-19 health worker victims

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'It’s about citizenship': Macron urges French locals to get vaccinated soon

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Cambodia begins booster shots to fight COVID-19

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Saudi Arabia opens Umrah pilgrimage to vaccinated worshipers from abroad: Report

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Upcoming UN climate report presents 'starkest warning yet'

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Victoria to make AstraZeneca available to people under 40s

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UN condemns Zimbabwe child marriages after 14 year old girl dies giving birth

Child marriage in Zimbabwe has been condemned by the UN after 14-year-old girl died after giving birth in a church shrine. The death of the girl has caused outrage among citizens and human rights activists alike.

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