A passenger looks for his luggage among a pile of unclaimed baggage at Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport in Montreal, on June 29. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz.
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After South African scientists sounded the alarm about the new omicron variant, countries around the world closed their borders.
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A researcher at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, works on the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in December 2021. African countries were penalized by Canada’s travel ban even though they discovered the Omicron variant via complex sequencing work when western nations failed to.
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Ottawa’s travel ban against African countries made clear its underlying policy: What matters is not your test result, but where you’ve been. It’s yet another example of anti-Africa discrimation.
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A Soweto resident walks past a graffiti art wall educating locals about the dangers of COVID-19 in South Africa.
It was the biases of its ‘first world’ which prevented South Africa from mobilising the energies and talents of most of its people against COVID-19.
Nigeria’s President Buhari at the 2021 Intra-African Trade Fair in Durban, South Africa.
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The current spate of travel bans is rather hasty and irrational given that we know that the variant is in several countries already.
Most countries closed their borders, at least partially, at some point last year. But the world is starting to reopen.
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Last year, 189 countries – home to roughly 65% of the global population – cut themselves off from the world at some point. Borders are now reopening and travel resuming, but normal is a ways off.
The response of individual nations to coronavirus has largely been ad hoc, piecemeal and in many cases, lethally ineffective – just like climate action.
A British Columbia motorist approaches the U.S. port of entry into Blaine, Wash., at a very quiet Douglas-Peace Arch border crossing on the day Ottawa and Washington announced the Canada-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Canada’s ban on foreign travellers is not consistent with the science of the pandemic or Canada’s own values of inclusion and openness to outsiders.
China’s tourism sector has been devastated by the latest coronavirus outbreak, but the impact is being felt around the world and in many industries.
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