After banning flights from multiple African nations, U.S well being officers are re-evaluating the ban and are hoping to raise it quickly.
The U.S authorities’s chief medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, stated the U.S. is reviewing its journey ban on South Africa and different African nations. He stated he hopes to raise the ban “within a reasonable amount of time” because the Omicron variant spreads by way of the U.S.
Anthony Fauci stated, “That ban was done at a time when we were really in the dark – we had no idea about what was going on, except that there had been an explosion of cases of omicron in South Africa,”
“When the ban was put on, it was put to give us time to figure out just what is going on. Now, as you mentioned, as we‘re getting more and more information about cases in our own country and worldwide, we are looking at that very carefully on a daily basis,”
“Thus far, though it’s too early to really make any definitive statements about it, it does not look like there’s a great degree of severity to it,” Fauci stated, regarding the ongoing investigation into the Omicron variant.
“We feel certain,” he added, that booster photographs and vaccine will present enough safety.
Anthony Fauci stated the ushealth officers felt “very badly” in regards to the “hardship” the journey ban has created for the southern African nations. He added, “Hopefully, we’ll be able to lift that ban in a quite reasonable period of time.”
The Travel Ban
The United States applied a travel ban from southern African nations following the emergence of the Omicron variant. Many nations, together with the E.U, have applied the same journey ban.
From Monday 29 November, the United States restricted journey from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi.
U.S President Joe Biden stated, “I’ve decided we’re going to be cautious. We don’t know a lot about the variant except that it is a big concern and seems to spread rapidly, and I spent about a half-hour this morning with my Covid team led by Dr Fauci, so that was the decision we made.”
Despite the emergence of the Omicron variant, the well being minister of South Africa referred to as the journey ban “unjust.” He criticized nations for “wanting to put the blame” on South Africa and different southern African nations as a substitute of working collectively to deal with the state of affairs as guided by the WHO.
He additionally stated, “The kind of knee-jerk reaction, it really doesn’t make sense. We must work together, not punish each other,”
“Witch hunts don’t benefit anyone. South Africa wants to be an honest player in the world, to share health info not just of benefit to South Africans and citizens of the world,” he added.
The Reaction To The Travel Ban
The World Health Organization lamented the journey ban. They instructed the journey bans assault world solidarity and gained’t cease the unfold of the Omicron variant.
The World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti stated, “Covid-19 constantly exploits our divisions. We will only get the better of the virus if we work together for solutions.”
The World Health Organization added, “The WHO stands with African countries which had the courage to boldly share life-saving public health information, helping protect the world against the spread of Covid-19.”
The IATA (International Air Transport Association) stated the journey bans are a risk to the journey business’s restoration and can result in the tourism business being left behind.
The head of the IATA, stated, “Unfortunately, government responses to the emergence of the Omicron variant are putting at risk the global connectivity it has taken so long to rebuild,”
As the world begins to grasp the Omicron variant, the journey business hopes the brand new restrictions finish in early 2022.
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