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AFRAA: Travel Ban on Africa is Not the Solution to COVID-19 Pandemic

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has issued a statement condemning the  decisions by some EU countries to ban travel to South Africa and other neighbouring countries in Southern Africa. The following statement was issued in  Nairobi on 03 December 2021. The commendable work done by South African scientists in unearthing and transparently announcing to the world the discovery of the Omicron strain of SARS CoV-2 instead of attracting applause was met with harsh and uncoordinated travel restrictions. Unfortunately, in nearly two years since Covid-19 was first discovered, it appears we have not learned useful lessons that could lead to finding a permanent solution to the pandemic.    The unscientific, poorly targeted, knee-jerk reactions that have not helped much in containing the SARS CoV-2 virus since March 2020 seem to be the preferred response to scientific challenges of our time. Restricting travel has never been the solution to curtailing the spread of COVID. On the contrar