Omicron variant, South Africa: “Punished for discovering it”

Note from the foreign ministry as many countries are imposing travel restrictions

Omicron variant, the South African government complains that it was “punished” rather than “applauded” for discovering the variant, defined by the WHO as “worrying”. The criticism was leveled in a note by the Foreign Ministry as numerous countries are imposing travel restrictions with various African states, including South Africa.

Several cases of the omicron variant have already been identified in Europe, including two in the UK and one in Belgium. Suspicious cases have also been found in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Excellent science should be applauded and not punished“, the South African Foreign Ministry said, adding that South Africa is being punished” for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants very quickly, “adding that reactions around the world have been completely different when new variants have been discovered. in other countries.