Thursday, January 27, 2022

US praises quick identification of South Africa, shares variety of information

The United States on Saturday praised South Africa for quickly identifying the latest coronavirus variant, Omicron, and sharing this information with the world.

Foreign Minister Antony Blinken spoke with South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, and they discussed cooperation on immunizing people in Africa against COVID-19, the State Department said in a statement.

“Secretary Blinken particularly praised the rapid recognition of South African scientists and the Government of South Africa for the transparency in sharing this information, serving as a model for the world,” the statement said. needed.”

First detected in South Africa, the omicron version of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was deemed “a type of concern” by the World Health Organization on Friday.

Earlier on Saturday, Pandor’s office issued a statement saying the country was being punished for detecting the new variant as more countries rush to impose travel restrictions and restrictions.

As of Saturday, more than a dozen countries had announced temporary travel restrictions in South Africa and other countries in the region, after cases emerged in Europe and the Middle East.


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