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COVID-19 Variant Names Could Reportedly Change Once The WHO Runs Out Of Greek Alphabet

The WHO is reportedly working on which naming system comes after Delta and Mu.

COVID-19 Variant Names Could Reportedly Change Once The WHO Runs Out Of Greek Alphabet

After the World Health Organization (WHO) labelled the "Mu Variant" a variant of interest on August 31, the global agency is now officially halfway through the Greek alphabet for its new naming convention.

And if you're wondering what happens if they run out of Greek letters, the WHO is ahead of you — according to an article in The Telegraph, they're thinking of constellations.

Maria Van Kerkhove, an American epidemiologist and technical lead on COVID-19 at the WHO, told The Telegraph in August that star constellations were the frontrunner for naming variants of interest and variants of concern if they reach the end of the 24-letter Greek alphabet.

According to The Telegraph, the WHO considered Greek gods and goddesses but they ultimately dismissed the idea in part due to pronunciation difficulties.

The variants used to be named after the countries where they were identified but were later changed due to concerns of stigmatization and discrimination against the respective countries and people.

The Government of Canada is ending its India flight ban next week, which has been in place since April 2021.

"Canada continues to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening the border while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada," federal officials said in a news release on Tuesday, September 21.

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Premier Jason Kenney has just announced that the province will be taking measures to plan for a "worst-case" scenario as Alberta's COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

During a COVID-19 update on Tuesday, September 21, the premier said that he'd been in touch with different agencies to plan what the response would be in dire circumstances.

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Ontario's ​Vaccine Passport Can Be Saved On Your Phone & Here's How I Did It In 5 Minutes

A new tool lets you store your vaccine certificate as an image, a PDF file, or as a card in your Apple Wallet.

Starting Wednesday, September 22, Ontarians are expected to show their proof of vaxx to enter certain non-essential businesses and settings. However, because enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes won't come into effect in the province until October 22, a team of volunteer software engineers and medical professionals created a tool that lets you store your proof of vaccination on your phone with a QR code.

"No personal data is sent to the internet. [The] QR code is for verification only, with no personal info," the team behind the tool told CTV News.

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As of September 22, Ontario vaccine certificates will officially come into effect across the province. This means that residents will need to show proof of vaccination to get into multiple establishments including restaurants and gyms.

We asked you on Instagram what you wanted to know about the new certificates and have answered all your questions below.

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