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Do you know why South Africans are protesting recent flights ban to and from South Africa? Here is among the reason.

@JonathanMBR Looking to the actually active cases in SA I also had the impression that something must be wrong with those headlines.
worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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@the_halmaturus
Graeme Codrington - 2nd + Follow
Speaker, Expert on the Future of Work
at TomorrowToday Global

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Once again the world's media is reporting: "South Africa
has a new Covid variant" as if the variant started here and
is infecting us all.

CAN I SAY THIS AGAIN, MORE LOUDLY FOR THE IDIOT
JOURNALISTS AT THE BACK: South Africa has one of the
most sophisticated and advanced infectious diseases
infrastructure on the planet. Some of the world's leading
epidemiologists work in South Africa. We've had to
develop these capabilities to deal with TB and AIDS and
other diseases ravaging our continent.

It is no surprise that our medical system is the first in the
world to identify new Covid variants. It is no surprise that
we led the world in clinical trials of vaccines.

What IS a surprise is how lazy journalists write headlines:
"New Covid variant in South Africa". No, this new Covid
variant has been found in New Zealand, England, Brazil,
France, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and other places.
South African scientists isolated, sequenced and
understood it first. Report THAT fact, but don't start all
over again with putting "South Africa is unsafe" into
people's heads.

@JonathanMBR has it been isolated, though? recall that some treatise state the microbe is harvested from sick producing virus. a variant that leapt from lower animal to man has not been found. did i miss something?

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@Coffee
Graeme Codrington - 2nd + Follow
Speaker, Expert on the Future of Work
at TomorrowToday Global

3d-@​

Once again the world's media is reporting: "South Africa
has a new Covid variant" as if the variant started here and
is infecting us all.

CAN I SAY THIS AGAIN, MORE LOUDLY FOR THE IDIOT
JOURNALISTS AT THE BACK: South Africa has one of the
most sophisticated and advanced infectious diseases
infrastructure on the planet. Some of the world's leading
epidemiologists work in South Africa. We've had to
develop these capabilities to deal with TB and AIDS and
other diseases ravaging our continent.

It is no surprise that our medical system is the first in the
world to identify new Covid variants. It is no surprise that
we led the world in clinical trials of vaccines.

What IS a surprise is how lazy journalists write headlines:
"New Covid variant in South Africa". No, this new Covid
variant has been found in New Zealand, England, Brazil,
France, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and other places.
South African scientists isolated, sequenced and
understood it first. Report THAT fact, but don't start all
over again with putting "South Africa is unsafe" into
people's heads.

@JonathanMBR It seems that they are finding cases of Omikron is europe dated earlier than the ones identified by SA scientists. Seems the SA's scientists are better and more honeest - and being punished for it

@JonathanMBR and of course it turns out that the new variant was in Europe *before* it was reported by SA: cbsn.ws/3FY6bgr

@ehashman @JonathanMBR I wouldn't normally quote anything Boris Johnson says, but:

gov.uk/government/news/pm-call

"The [UK] Prime Minister commended South Africa’s rapid genomic sequencing and leadership in transparently sharing scientific data."

So now let's stop punishing South Africa for acting with integrity and skill in the fight against this life-threatening virus.

@JonathanMBR My own idea: we should thank South Africa by giving it all the vaccines and masks that it may possibly need, zero tariffs for some time to give them three times the money that they lost, but still keep them out. This way we can slow down the spread of omicron, but still show them that their mercy and sense of responsability will not go to their detriment

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