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The Omicron Variant: Are We Overreacting or Being Cautious?

Prof Tikki Pangestu, Visiting Professor

02-Dec-21 16:00

The Omicron Variant: Are We Overreacting or Being Cautious?

The Omicron variant, the latest variant of concern listed by the World Health Organisation has the whole world in a panic, after being described as potentially more contagious than Delta. But as much of the world takes precautions and imposes a travel ban against South Africa and its neighbours, is South Africa being punished for its genomic surveillance and transparency? Prof Tikki Pangestu, Visiting Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore joins us to discuss what we know about Omicron and why vaccine equity is more important than ever.

Editor's note - Around 18:00, it should be noted that at the time of the interview, it is estimated that only about 10% of Africa's population has gotten their first dose.

Image credit: Shutterstock

Produced by: Lim Sue Ann

Presented by: Meera Sivasothy


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