The Guardian, March 17, 2020:
The Guardian, May 22, 2021:
The media has no consistency in labeling variants or the culture of outrage over the names that are used.
When the first variant was called the “Chinese virus”, this was wrong. But it was not long until the media itself referred to the “UK variant”, “Brazil variant”, “South African variant”, and now the “India Covid variant”. There has even been a “California variant”, and a “Spanish variant”. In fact, there are likely numerous variants named after where they were first discovered. However, it is entirely possible that the same mutations occurred elsewhere too.
This is modern media.