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Alakija condemns travel ban on African countries

“Had the first coronavirus originated in Africa, it is now clear the world would have locked us away” AVDA Co-Chair, Dr. Ayoade Alakija condemns the travel ban placed on African countries by countries in the West over Omicron Variant detected in South Africa.

Speaking on BBC, Co-Chair of the African Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance for Covid-19 (AVDA), Dr. Ayoade Alakija questioned why the world is locking away Africa and not doing the same to other continents where the heavily mutated variant has been detected.

“Why are we locking away Africa when this virus is already on three continents?” She asked.

She added that the reaction to the Omicron Coronavirus variant shows that if the Coronavirus had originated from Africa, not Wuhan, China, the world would have locked Africa out and there would have been no urgency to develop a vaccine because Africans are considered expendable.

The UK, US, and EU have imposed travel bans on African countries after the heavily mutated Coronavirus variant, Omicron, was detected in South Africa.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s president has condemned the travel bans placed on its country and neighbouring countries over the new Coronavirus variant, Omicron.

Cyril Ramaphosa said he was “deeply disappointed” by the ban, which he described as “unjustified” and called for the bans to be lifted.

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