The speed with which the U.S., UK and the EU have imposed travel bans on flights arriving from southern Africa over the Omricon COVID-19 variant has led to condemnation by African countries.
Several African countries have accused the West of double standards and blamed it for restricting access to vaccines.
On Sunday, South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, condemned the ravel bans enacted against his country and its neighbours over the new variant, describing it as unjustified and called for the ban to be lifted immediately.
The Nigerian government also expressed solidarity with South Africa and warned Western nations against discrimination against African countries.
Nigeria said it would go ahead with a planned visit by Ramaphosa to the West African nation today.
Similarly, the World Health Organisation said it stands with African countries, which had the courage to boldly share life-saving public health information and helping to protect the world against the spread of COVID19.
Prof. Olawale Tomori, a foremost Nigerian virologist and former Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University in Ede, Osun State, tells us everything that we need to know about the Omricon COVID-19 variant and give us his thoughts on the travel restrictions imposed on southern African countries.