SA, UK scientists in discussion over ‘red list’

SA, UK scientists in discussion over ‘red list’

The Department of Health says a group of scientists from the UK met with South African health experts in an effort to get SA removed from that country’s red list.

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Earlier this month, the UK announced that travellers from Africa and other selected countries will all be considered unvaccinated and will have to test and quarantine for 10 days despite being vaccinated in their home countries.

The department says the meeting discussed the latest trends around Covid-19, respective Covid-19 testing strategies, and the prevalence and risk posed to our vaccination programmes by variants of concern.

The department’s Foster Mohale says the information provided will feed into the next review of UK border measures which is due to take place within the next fortnight.

“UK and SA experts also discussed the recognition of each other’s vaccine certificates.  The UK side explained that, following some initial pilots, it was now seeking to extend its recognition of vaccine certificates around the world as rapidly as possible.  

“The UK expressed its willingness to take forward discussions with the SA government on this matter.  The UK and SA governments both support and recognise the importance of vaccination as a way out of the Covid-19 pandemic.”


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