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Opinion| Europe Closing Borders Against Africa Is A Sign That They Want Stigma Of Covid In Africa

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In 2019 to 2020 Europe and America faced one of the worst attacks when Corona entered Europe and America. Italy, USA and Brazil faced one of the gruesome deaths from Covid 19. The wife of the wealthiest man in the world Bill Gate said that Africa was going to face a disaster just like Europe but that never happened. Infections and deaths in Africa have been low since this new infections which have been said come from South Africa. Today the scientists found a new mutation in the name of omicron. This finding resulted in European countries blocking Southern Africa from traveling to Europe. But surprisingly this omicron have been found in European countries.

This resulted in Cyril Ramaphosa to make an impassioned plea to end the travel bans imposed by Western countries on South Africa during a conference in Dakar on Monday, the European Council president Charles Michel would not make any commitment on whether they will reconsider their stance on the matter.

Speaking during the opening to the 7th Dakar Peace Forum, Ramaphosa questioned where the science was in the decision to ban travel from southern Africa.

"Another disappointment thrown our way, when South African scientists discovered omicron, the new variant, they immediately took on the responsibility of informing the entire world that a new variant has been found," Ramaphosa said, adding:

And what was the response? The northern countries decided to punish the excellence from Africa. They basically said, we will not allow you to travel. Low and behold! Omicron is spreading all over the world.

Ramaphosa reasserted the message during his West African tour that the travel bans had little to do with science.

"You ask yourself, where is science. They always said to us, base your decisions in science, but when the moment comes for them to be more scientific they are not."

Ramaphosa doubled down in his fight for vaccine equity - a position he has held since the onset of the pandemic.

"I have personally really been disappointed in the approach the rich countries have taken on the issue of vaccines. They hoarded vaccines, they ordered more vaccines than their populations require.

"They are just giving us the crumbs from their table. The greed they demonstrated was disappointing, particularly when they say they are our partners. Because our lives in Africa are just as important as lives in Europe, North America and all over."

But Michel vehemently denied the existence of a vaccine apartheid. He said the EU had been looking at ways to assist Africa with vaccine rollouts and sharing.

Ramaphosa maintained that the EU and the US stance on Africa was disappointing, "because they call ourselves their partners".

Based on a recent report published by CNN, Dutch Health Officials previously stressed that the Omicron variant was detected in the Dutch territory a week before two flights arrived from South Africa with cases of Omicron infection, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The virologist of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Chantal Reusken, told broadcaster NOS that at least one of the cases is believed to have been contracted in the Dutch territory.

On the other hand, on November 20, nine cases of the Omicron variant were linked to a private event in Scotland, days before South Africa announced that it detected cases of Omicron variant in its territory.

According to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, none of the individuals had a recent travel history or links to others who had been in Southern African countries.

Such cases have led to questioning the need for the travel restrictions imposed for arrivals from Southern African countries.

“Excellent science should be applauded and not punished,” South Africa’s Foreign Ministry pointed out in this regard.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, stressed that “putting in place travel bans that target Africans attacks globally.

Since the Omicron variant started to affect European countries, the government started to reimpose border controls and other preventive measures as a response to the current epidemiological situation.

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