Russian businessman sues WHO for Omicron

The CEO of the Omicron Network eye clinic chain in Russia sued the WHO, saying that the name of the new nCoV strain damaged the image of the business.

Alexander Padar, executive director of the Omicron Network eye specialist clinic chain, filed a lawsuit against the representative office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Russia to the Moscow Arbitration Court on November 30, but the information was only made public. dad yesterday.

Businessmen in Siberia opposes WHO using the name “Omicron” for new strains of nCoV and other viruses. He argued that the company name “Omicron Network” was registered as a trademark in Russia, focusing on the medical and healthcare sectors, arguing that the name of the nCoV variant with the trademark would damage the public’s reputation. company.

Facade of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in April. Photo: Reuters.

Outside the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in April. Photo: Reuters.

“It’s unlikely that you would go to the clinic of the same name if a relative or friend died of the Omicron strain,” said Padar, adding that he has invested a lot of money in promoting the clinic chain.

The word “Omicron” has replaced the name Padar’s clinic chain on search engines after WHO named this strain. He affirmed that it is difficult for the company to avoid the prospect of heavy losses because of WHO’s decision.

The Omicron variant was originally codenamed B.1.1.529, was reported by South Africa to the World Health Organization (WHO) last week, and was later classified by WHO as a worrisome variant. More than 30 countries and territories have recorded cases of this mutation, raising concerns about a dangerous wave of infection and signaling that the battle with the pandemic is not over.

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