Britain’s launch of the name of the Thai mutant on a new, mutated version of the Coronavirus, angered Thailand, especially as investigations revealed that the first infection with it was a person coming to Egypt.
The Thai government asked citizens not to name the new strain of Corona, which was discovered in the United Kingdom, “the Thai mutant”, and the head of the Thai Department of Medical Sciences, Dr. Subakit Sriilak, said, “If the origin is from Egypt, it should not be called (the Thai mutant).”
“This is similar to what happened in Japan when they found the Brazilian mutant, and they reported that it (a Brazilian strain), and therefore the new version should be called (the Egyptian mutant),” he added.
On this subject, the former Undersecretary of the Egyptian Ministry of Health, Dr. Mustafa Gawish, told Al-Jazeera Mubasher that the release of the appropriate name for copying the virus is due to the decision of the World Health Organization, which decided last year not to name the virus with names of countries, people or animals until scientific neutrality is guaranteed.
He added, “There is no genetic study or genetic sequence of the existing copies of the virus within the community, and therefore Egypt does not know the source of the new version due to the lack of scientific research on the genome of the spreading virus.”
He continued, “Also, it has not been proven so far, whether in Britain or in Thailand, the origin of this new version, and the genetic change of the virus occurs automatically when infections spread within any society.”
And he added, “The problem is due again to the Egyptian government, which does not conduct any research on the genetic sequence of the virus, and as Dr. Ahmed Al-Nadi (a member of the Scientific Committee to Combat Coronavirus in the Egyptian Ministry of Health) said that they do not study the genetic sequence and that the virus is present in the community and when new symptoms of the disease appear, they do Announce it and treat it according to the existing protocol.
On Saturday, the Thai government protested against media reports in Britain that called a new mutated version of Corona worrying “Thai mutant”.
The copy was first detected in Thailand by a 33-year-old Egyptian traveler, according to the British health authorities, but 109 cases of it were discovered in Britain since then.
“In principle, it should not be called (the Thai mutant) because the person infected with it came from outside,” said the head of the Thailand Disease Control Department Obas Kankawenbong.