The travel ban on some African countries due to Omicron, the new COVID-19 variation, is “extremely unjust, non-scientific, and discriminatory,” according to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Adesina, who said through his verified Twitter handle @akin adesina, encouraged Western countries to lift their travel bans on African nations.
He wondered why a travel ban had not been imposed on non-African countries where Omicron had been discovered.
” Why single out African countries? It is unjust, nonscientific, and discriminatory to single out African countries.
“Global immunizations and travel apartheid against Africa imperil lives and harm economies, lives, jobs, and livelihoods as a result of a pandemic that Africa did not cause.”
“Apartheid must come to an end. “Respect Africa,” stated Adesina.
Following news of a newly discovered coronavirus variety in South Africa, many industrialized countries have closed their doors to African countries with no records.
Travel prohibitions implemented by Western countries have been met with resistance from African authorities.
They claimed that South Africa’s openness in sharing information about the variation had resulted in punitive measures.
The variety discovered in Botswana last week has subsequently been spotted in places all across the world, from Scotland to Canada.