COVID 19 correspondence regarding the use of the term 'Indian Variant': FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

All information related to the use of the COVID-19 term 'Indian Variant' and its subsequent replacement by 'April 02' variant. In particular, I wish to see anything which alludes to the potential for the original name causing offence - and why - and any subsequent discussion on the matter.


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