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Monday's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah tackled the recent travel restrictions between the U.S. and countries in southern Africa. The restrictions stem from the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the region’s low vaccination rate and high infection rate.
“As a South African,” Trevor Noah said, “I think this travel ban is total bulls***.”
The new variant was discovered by South African scientists, but is not isolated to just that region. In fact, Noah spoke with Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the center for vaccine development at Texas Children's Hospital, and he is opposed to travel bans of any sort.
“That is always my first talking point when [leaders] are wringing their hands about the omicron variant,” Dr. Hotez said. “They are saying, ‘Oh my God, but it’s in multiple European countries, Australia, and Canada, maybe in the U.S.?’ And I say, ‘That is true of every variant, by the time we identify it, it is almost always all over the world.’”
Noah also warned that issuing travel restrictions towards countries that report new variances could have negative repercussions. He said, “You do realize that other countries are paying attention and they realize if they are going to get punished for telling the world about new variants, they're going to stop telling the world whenever their scientists discover new variants.”
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