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SA’s Omicron response shows we’re learning to be quick off the Covid mark

The country’s transparent response has given the world a chance to adapt to a fast-changing viral picture

Therese Raphael

At least we’re learning. Remember when the early reaction to the outbreak of a deadly virus in Wuhan was to discourage people from changing their travel plans?

SA’s government didn’t sit on information about a new, worrying variant of SARS-CoV-2, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has now dubbed Omicron. It didn’t downplay it. On the contrary, authorities shared detailed slides so countries could develop responses.

Now it’s up to governments and local authorities to adapt to a fast-changing viral picture, one that remains blurry in places...

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