Vaccine fairness, not travel bans needed to tackle COVID-19 variant Omicron: scientists – .

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Vaccine fairness, not travel bans needed to tackle COVID-19 variant Omicron: scientists – .


A British Columbia-based researcher said the ban on travelers from southern African countries in an attempt to stop the importation of a new variant of COVID-19 is an example of “wishful thinking” that could do more harm than good.

Caroline Colijn, mathematician and epidemiologist at Simon Fraser University, says the omicron variant has already been detected in countries outside the target region and it is only a matter of time before it is found in Canada.

She says South Africa is to be congratulated for sequencing the omicron variant and for sharing its data with the rest of the world.

Colijn says she fears that countries like Canada, which have responded by imposing travel bans on southern African countries, may discourage this kind of transparency in the future.

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Zain Chagla, associate professor of medicine at McMaster University, agrees that “blindly closing borders” doesn’t make sense.

He says the omicron variant shows it’s time for a more coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic aimed at ensuring that every person in every country has broad access to vaccines.

© 2021 The Canadian Press



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