Covid-19 variants have new names, but will people use them?

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    IN THE PRESS – Wednesday, June 2, 2021: The UK celebrates a positive pandemic milestone: a day with no #coronavirus deaths. Some papers are still using the term “Indian #variant” despite the World Health Organization renaming Covid-19 strains after Greek letters – we take a look at the tricky transition to using the new names. French paper Libération denounces the ongoing failure of French authorities to prevent femicides. Plus, Yemeni fishermen become rich thanks to a chunk of solid whale vomit.

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