Monkeypox virus expected to be renamed ‘MPOX’ by World Health Organization as early as Wednesday
The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to change the name of the monkeypox virus to “MPOX.”
The change in nomenclature is an attempt to destigmatize the virus at the behest of President Biden’s administration, according to a report from Politico that cited three anonymous sources with knowledge of the matter.
Sources said that senior Biden officials have consistently urged the WHO to make the name change and have threatened to adopt new terminology without WHO’s approval.
According to the report, Biden administration believes that the name “monkeypox” carries an unnecessary stigma for people of color.