South African Health Minister Mathume Phaahla asid on Friday that the reaction of the UK and other countries in Europe to the Covid-19 variant found in South Africa was unjustified, according to Reuters.

South Africa is acting with transparency, he insisted, and while preliminary studies do suggest variant may be more transmissible, the reaction of some countries by imposing travel bans are completely against norms and standards of the WHO. Phaahla continued that he is confident that vaccines remain major bulwark in terms of protecting us from the virus.

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