Leaders: Africa’s COVID-19 fight is vital for world security

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South Africa’s president says the travel ban imposed on South Africa and other African countries for telling the world about the Omicron version is hypocritical, harsh and not backed by science.

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DIAMNIADIO, Senegal – The travel restrictions imposed on South Africa and other African countries to tell the world about the Omicron version are hypocritical, harsh and not backed by science, the South African president said on Monday, a phrase used by the UN chief. Remembering Mr., who called such measures “travel apartheid.”

Speaking at the Dakar International Forum for Peace and Security, President Cypril Ramaphosa said the sanctions were punishing those and governments who helped inform the world of a new coronavirus version.

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“When South African Scientists Discovered Omicron…and What’s the Result?” He asked, the answer was that there was punishment.

Ramaphosa said that such countries have not resorted to science but to their selfish interests. “We say that those restrictions should be lifted with immediate effect,” he announced.

Ramaphosa said the travel restrictions hit struggling economies in the region that depend on tourism. The pandemic, access to vaccines and inequalities for the African continent were key points for the leader in addressing peace and security for the continent.

He spoke with Senegalese President Mackie Sall, Niger President Mohamed Bajoum and African Union President Moussa Faki Mahamat, among other world leaders, who addressed issues of insecurity, the pandemic and what is needed to move the continent forward .

“The most important aspect at the moment, however, is the ongoing negotiations at the World Trade Organization for a temporary waiver of trade-related aspects of the Intellectual Property Rights Agreement for the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines,” he said.

Ramaphosa said with the WTO talks, “This is where we really see that the interests of the more developed economies, the wealthier countries … refuse to accept this offer,” adding that “they are only in the interests of We are interested in pursuing our own citizens, not citizens of the whole world.”

South Africa and Senegal, which host the annual convention, are in line to start production of COVID-19 vaccines next year.

“The task before us as African nations is to advance the recovery, but the recovery that is sustainable is one that is inclusive,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sal stressed the importance of international solidarity in this time of uncertainty.

Sal said that no individual government or nation or continent can ensure collective security, only international solidarity.

“The environmental and health sectors, organized crime, piracy, cybercrime, migration and all other cross-border challenges, no country will be able to fully cope with,” Sal said. “This means that peace and security in Africa is an integral part of peace and security in the world.”

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