Scientists in SA have challenged the UK’s representatives in the country for using inaccurate claims about the prevalence in the country of a Covid-19 variant that can “circumvent” vaccines as justification for keeping SA on its red list.

The UK drew criticism from the government and tourism bodies after its decision on Friday to keep SA on the list, dealing another blow to a sector that was one of the country’s success stories before the outbreak of the pandemic. The UK’s stance runs counter to much of the rest of the world, with countries including the US, Germany and Mauritius opening or planning to open their borders to vaccinated travellers from SA...

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