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WHO urges not to impose flight bans on South Africa due to Omicron strain

Source : 112 Ukraine

Moeti praised South Africa for following international health regulations and informing WHO as soon as its national laboratory identified the omicron variant
08:06, 29 November 2021

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The World Health Organization has urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. This statement was made by the WHO’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, Associated Press reports. 

He called on countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions.

Related: WHO names strain with 32 mutations "Omicron"

“Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of Covid-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” Moeti said in a statement.

He clarified that if restrictions are implemented, they "should not be unnecessarily invasive or intrusive, and should be scientifically based, according to the International Health Regulations, which is a legally binding instrument of international law recognized by over 190 nations.”

Moeti praised South Africa for following international health regulations and informing WHO as soon as its national laboratory identified the omicron variant.

Earlier, Moderna said a vaccine against the Omicron strain could be ready in early 2022. This was stated by the chief medical officer of Moderna Inc. Paul Burton.

“We need to be aware of the ability of the current vaccine to provide protection over the next few weeks. If we have to make a completely new vaccine, I think it will take place in early 2022 before it is available in large quantities,” he said.

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