The WHO Goes ‘Woke’ With An Effort To Rename The Monkeypox Virus To Avoid Being Racist And Discriminatory

The WHO Goes ‘Woke’ With An Effort To Rename The Monkeypox Virus To Avoid Being Racist And Discriminatory


The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it is working with scientists to develop a new name for the monkeypox virus that will not be “discriminatory and stigmatizing,” an effort to employ “woke” ideals in virology.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of WHO announced on Tuesday that the organization was “working with partners and experts from around the world on changing the name of monkeypox virus, its clades and the disease it causes.”

Naming diseases “should be done with the aim to minimize the negative impact and avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups,” according to one WHO representative who spoke to Bloomberg.

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The move comes after more than two dozen scientists wrote last week that

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