Omicron a shot in Covid-19’s foot

Nairobi residents

Residents of Nairobi going on about their business in this picture taken on December 3, 2021.

Photo credit: Francis Nderitu | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • It emerged that Omicron had been in Europe before South Africa, but of course, those countries weren’t slapped with travel bans.
  • Although vaccination has risen sharply where doses are available, I saw warning signs in the response in Nairobi and other African media.

When South African scientists discovered the Omicron Covid variant in November, a world battered by two years of the virus and clinging to hope that vaccines were bringing its nightmares to an end, seemed to lose its mind.


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