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Israel's Indifference Toward Africa

20 9 22

The worldwide struggle against the coronavirus pandemic over the last two years has provided endless opportunities to see how public health policies are often shaped by politics and ideology more than science. As scientific evidence is manipulated, distorted, or totally ignored, efforts to respond to the pandemic effectively have been compromised.

But even in an era when we have become accustomed to the political agendas, biases, prejudices and even strange ideas that have shaped government responses to the pandemic, the decision of the Israeli government to declare the entire continent of Africa as “red” following the discovery of the new variant in South Africa stands out for its exceptionalism.

Reports from recent days reveal significant alarm about the new variant discovered in South Africa and already spreading beyond its borders. This new strain, whose confirmed cases are still mostly concentrated in one province surrounding Johannesburg, is a heavily mutated version of the original virus and seems to be spreading at a much higher rate. Scientists are concerned that the variant will be resistant to vaccines, and it is unclear if it causes more severe illness.

Acting with extreme precaution, several countries, including the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy and the........

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