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US praises South Africa for “transparency” since the discovery of the Omigron variant

US praises South Africa for “transparency” since the discovery of the Omigron variant

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The United States has praised South Africa for its transparency to other parts of the world since the discovery of the Omigron variant.

The United States has praised South Africa for its transparency to other parts of the world since the discovery of the Omigron variant. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has hailed “South African scientists who soon discovered the Omigron variant”, a statement from the State Department said on Saturday after Blinken spoke on the phone with his South African colleague. “The South African government is transparent in disseminating this information, which should set an example to the world,” he said.

The US reaction is also seen as a swipe at China. Contrary to good words against Pretoria, Washington accuses Beijing of waiting too long to send important information about the original Govt explosion. In the eyes of the United States, more transparent administration may have helped prevent the spread of the virus.

The South African government has complained about “punishment” and misconduct of South African travelers. The government said on Saturday that travel bans issued to South Africans by several countries “punish South Africa for its advanced genetic sequence and ability to quickly identify new variants.”

On Thursday, the discovery of a new variant with the scientific name B.1.1.529 was announced in South Africa. According to South African scientists, this variant may be more contagious than the currently widespread delta variant, due to the unusually high number of mutations and low efficacy of the vaccine. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now classified the variant named Omigron in the Greek script as “worrying”.

AFP

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