The authors of the article — 29 co-authors from 11 different countries — work at various governmental organizations and prestigious universities.
The paper argued that “continued reference to, and nomenclature of this virus being African is not only inaccurate but is also discriminatory and stigmatizing.” This despite the fact that the article lists two African countries as the source of the virus.
The scientists called for a naming system that obfuscates the virus’s origin, arguing that the name “hMPXV” should replace “monkeypox.”
While these scientists are spending time writing about discrimination, the number of
monkeypox cases continues to rise, according to the Washington Post.
Despite the growing number of cases, the paper reports that its authors are in the midst of an “advanced discussion,” about changing the name of the disease with the World Health Organization.
The scientists do not appear concerned about the efficiency of changing the name of he virus, arguing that “this new classification will be easily adopted.”
This is not the first time monkeypox has been associated with accusations of discrimination and bigotry. The United Nations last month said that associating monkeypox and gay sex was “homophobic,” despite a scientifically demonstrated correlation.
That echoed pervious concerns and leftist fretting that identifying COVID-19 with its city of origin, Wuhan, China, was bigoted and discriminatory, despite increasing evidence that solidly link the two.