US President Joe Biden has sparked reactions after his tweet and that of Vice President Kamala Harris resurfaced few minutes after the US administration announced a travel ban in African Countries in response to a new COVID-19 variant.
In the tweets, the two jointly said that the travel bans won't work but rather serious containment measures are going to be put in place. The two were accused of hypocrisy due their decision.
World Health Organization panel convened on Friday to assess the potential of the SARS-CoV-2 variant “omicron,” formerly known as B.1.1.529.
The WHO classified the latest variant as a “highly transmissible virus of concern,” which is also what the health agency previously named the delta variant as.
“We don’t know very much about this yet. What we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations. And the concern is when you have so many mutations it can have an impact on how the virus behaves,” Maria van Kerkhove who is an epidemiologist and WHO technical lead on COVID-19 said.
In Africa, the epidemic was reported in Botswana where the government said there were four cases of the omicron variant which were reported on Nov. 22, and that all four patients were fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
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