The Omicron Covid-19 variant is “a reminder that no matter what the vaccination rate might be in the developed world, the pandemic is a global issue,” smerconish says.
The US, European Union and other major destinations have moved to block flights from African countries following the discovery of an aggressive mutation of the Covid-19 virus. Follow for the latest news updates.
Brazilsaid it will close its air borders with the six countries too.Fellow EU nationsAustria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Maltahave all announced imminent entry bans to all travelers who've entered South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini in the past two weeks.
Switzerlandhas banned all direct flights from the same seven countries as well.Omanwill suspend incoming flights from the seven countries beginning Sunday morning.Egypt, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Saudi Arabiaandhave also announced restrictions on the seven countries.
Meanwhile,Germanyplans to declare South Africa a"virus variant area" from Friday night, which will mean that airlines may only enter from the country to repatriate German citizens.President Biden announced that theUnited Stateswill restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged, administration officials tell CNN. Acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. Officials, who are still learning more about the variant, said the policy was implemented out of an abundance of caution. headtopics.com
Canadais taking similar steps as the US, according to its health minister.Greecewill allow only essential travel from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi, the country's health ministry said Friday. Travelers will have to obtain a special permit from the local Greek embassies and diplomatic missions to travel, the ministry said, adding that on arrival they will be tested and put in quarantine hotels for 10 days, after which they'll be tested again. The new measures take effect Saturday at 6 a.m. local time.
Australiais also banning the entry of foreign citizens who have traveled to the nine southern African countries in the previous 14 days.Starting December 1, travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe “will not be allowed to enter
Thailand” and will not be permitted to apply for entry.Russiasaid on Friday it will restrict entry into its country for citizens from nine countries — South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania — as well as Hong Kong.
Turkeyissued a travel ban from five African countries — Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe — through land, air, sea and rail border crossings starting Friday night, according to a tweet from Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. headtopics.com
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smerconish Umm yea sometimes. smerconish Even if you vaccinate 100% of people worldwide(logistically impossible), the virus can still mutate in dozens of species of animals and possibly pass back. That's why it used to be called the 'common' cold. Non sterilizing vaccinations aren't justified to be mandatory.
smerconish Nonsense dudes smerconish Until countries like Nigeria are sanctioned for commercializing the covid 19 pandemic the numbers will only continue to grow. It Costs over $100 to get tested in Nigeria and costs about $50 to get the vaccine smerconish Why did they skip “Xi” and go right to Omicron? Hmm… weird, considering…
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Expanded eligibility boosts U.S. COVID-19 booster shots ahead of holidaysMillions of Americans got COVID-19 booster shots at a near record pace after the Biden administration expanded eligibility last week, but health officials concerned about climbing infections ahead of the winter holiday season urged more to get the additional protection. About 37.5 million people had received a booster shot in the United States as of Tuesday, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 'I think it is a good start,' said Dr. William Schaffner, a leading infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, who added that he believed boosters are more important for personal protection than for curtailing spread of the virus. I would too if I had got the shot and seen that it really has not worked. I will feel good that I survived the first round as some have not. Keep being the trial monkey. Re: Booster Shot From the CDC website: COVID-19 booster shots are the same formulation as the current COVID-19 vaccines. (in case you weren't already aware).
Expanded eligibility boosts U.S. COVID-19 booster shots ahead of holidaysMillions of Americans got COVID-19 booster shots at a near record pace after the Biden administration expanded eligibility last week, but health officials concerned about climbing infections ahead of the winter holiday season urged more to get the additional protection.
COVID-19 live updates: 'Wouldn't be surprised' if omicron already in US, Fauci saysSixty-one people who traveled from South Africa to the Netherlands have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be tested for the newly discovered COVID variant omicron, The Associated Press reported. COVID-19 LATEST: Close the airport gates to and from all countries! Something 45 failed to do. This thread… The crying and whining from the anti-science crazies are something else! COVIDIOTS BoosterShots antivaxxers Omicron COVID StaySafe You mean Xi Variant
U.S. President Biden calls for intellectual property protection waivers on COVID-19 vaccinesU.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called on nations meeting at the World Trade Organization next week to agree to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in the wake of the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa. China stole it few months ago, so no reason not to open. its great leap for mankond. 1)we are on same ship now:cross nations and religions;2)med tech will be pushed to find new business models as Microsoft was when OpeSource won the fight;3) its huge chance to solve many illneses He's been doing this for a while now.
Dutch government plans strong measures to curb COVID-19The Dutch government said on Thursday it would take strong measures to curb COVID-19 infections as hospitals scaled back other care to make way for coronavirus patients.
EU Regulator Clears Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine For Children Aged 5 To 11I am a London-based reporter for Forbes covering breaking news. Previously, I have worked as a reporter for a specialist legal publication covering big data and as a freelance journalist and policy analyst covering science, tech and health. I have a master’s degree in Biological Natural Sciences and a master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. Follow me on Twitter theroberthart or email me at rhartforbes.com Can my cat get it