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Brigitte Nerlich is quoted in a blogpost on the naming of the 'Indian' variant, by

"India defends itself against the term 'Indian variant', but does not doubt the existence of the mutation"

"However, experts such as the sociologist and linguist Brigitte Nerlich from the University of Nottingham in England generally consider it problematic to stick country labels on virus variants. 'These country-specific names are very suitable for negative framing that goes hand in hand with xenophobic and anti-migrant attitudes,' says Nerlich. An example of this is the former US President Donald Trump, who repeatedly referred to Sars-CoV-2 as the 'China virus'."

Read Brigitte's blog post.

Posted on Tuesday 27th July 2021

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