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Omicron announced and then isolated… UN “No penalty”

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Unlike delta mutations, omicron mutations were reported relatively early, and it is evaluated that health authorities in each country have had time to respond.

Because South Africa announced its existence early.

However, South Africa ended up being isolated from the international community.

Reporter Kim Ji-soo reports.

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South Africa, which quickly discovered the COVID-19 micron mutation and shared information with the international community.

“The analytical capabilities, transparency and sharing of results of South African researchers have enabled rapid international collaboration. This has undoubtedly saved many lives and has become a model for how the international community must work together in the face of cross-border health threats.”

However, right after the report of Omicron, South Africa was quickly isolated internationally.

As soon as the World Health Organization (WHO) designated Omicron as a mutant of concern, countries began to fight and block the border from South Africa.

The South African government objected that the entry restriction measures were unreasonable in a situation where the dangers of Omicron have not yet been clearly identified.

Rather, he argued that the delay in the supply of vaccines to poor countries due to vaccine hoarding and booster shots was the background for the emergence of mutants.

There are also concerns that international cooperation on Corona will be shaken if the situation in which a country reporting the appearance of a new mutant is subjected to de facto sanctions from the international community is repeated.

This is because there is a possibility of hiding the appearance of new variants for fear of economic damage.

The WHO and the United Nations also oppose travel restrictions on South African countries.

“United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the isolation of South African countries due to travel restrictions. We must not be penalized for sharing important scientific and health information with the world.”

Amid the growing vaccine imbalance, the Chinese government has agreed to provide an additional 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Africa, Chinese media reported.

This is Kim Ji-soo from Yonhap News.

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