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“Had coronavirus originated in Africa, the world would have locked us away” AVDA Co-Chair, Dr Ayoade Alakija condemns travel ban placed on African countries over Omicron variant detected in South Africa

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"Had coronavirus originated in Africa, the world would have locked us away" AVDA Co-Chair, Dr Ayoade Alakija condemns travel ban placed on African countries over Omicron variant detected in South Africa

Dr Ayoade Alakija, Co-Chair of the African Union Vaccine Supply Alliance for Covid-19 (AVDA), has reacted to the journey ban positioned on many African international locations after the Omicron variant of Coronavirus was detected in South Africa.

 

Talking on BBC, Dr Ayoade Alakija questioned why the world is locking away Africa and never doing the identical to different continents the place the closely mutated variant has been detected.

 

“Why are we locking away Africa when this virus is already on three continents?” She requested.

 

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She added that the response to the Omicron Coronavirus variant detected in South Africa earlier this month reveals that if Coronavirus had originated from Africa, not Wuhan, China, the world would have locked Africa out and there would have been no urgency to develop a vaccine as a result of Africans are thought-about expendable.

 

She stated: “Had the primary coronavirus originated in Africa, it’s now clear the world would have locked us away.”

 

“We can’t permit the world to do that to us,” she added as she referred to as on African leaders to stand up and take actions that profit the continent.

 

She stated it’s “inevitable” that the closely mutated variant was found in Africa and he or she blamed this on the “world’s failure to vaccinate in an equitable, pressing and speedy method.”

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She continued: “It’s because of hoarding (vaccines) by high-income international locations of the world.”

 

The UK, US, and EU have imposed journey bans on African international locations after the closely mutated Coronavirus variant, Omicron, was detected in South Africa.

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The World Well being Group (WHO) has warned in opposition to international locations unexpectedly imposing journey bans, saying they need to look to a “risk-based and scientific strategy”. Nonetheless, quite a few bans have been launched in current days amid issues over the variant.

 

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WHO’s Africa director Matshidiso Moeti stated on Sunday, Nov. 28: “With the Omicron variant now detected in a number of areas of the world, putting in journey bans that focus on Africa assaults international solidarity.”

 

In the meantime, South Africa’s president has condemned the journey bans positioned on its nation and neighbouring international locations over the brand new Coronavirus variant, Omicron.

 

Cyril Ramaphosa stated he was “deeply disenchanted” by the ban, which he described as “unjustified” and referred to as for the bans to be lifted.

 

In his speech on Sunday, Mr Ramaphosa stated there was no scientific foundation for the journey bans and that southern Africa was the sufferer of unfair discrimination.

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He additionally argued that the bans wouldn’t be efficient in stopping the unfold of the variant.

 

Omicron has now been detected in quite a few international locations world wide, together with the UK, Germany, Australia and Israel.

 

Watch Dr Ayoade Alakija converse within the video beneath.

 

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