8th December, 2021
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury has called on the British government to remove Nigeria and other countries from its red list.
The cleric made the call in a Twitter post where he aligned himself with Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Ambassador Sarafa Isola that the UK should avoid ‘travel apartheid.’
He noted that it is morally wrong to punish countries that are transparent with their discoveries regarding COVID-19.
The cleric called for vaccine equity, noting that it is the only way out of the pandemic.
“With Omicron set to become the dominant variant in the UK, I appeal to the British government to remove Nigeria and South Africa from the red list – together with all other countries currently on it.
“We must find fair and effective approaches for those who are vaccinated and tested to enter the UK. I agree with the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK – we cannot have ‘travel apartheid’.”
“It is also morally wrong – and self-defeating – effectively to punish other nations for being transparent when they discover new Covid variants, as Archbishop of Cape Town (Thabo Makgoba) has said.
“The only route out of this pandemic is vaccine equity. We must end vaccine nationalism and stockpiling. We must get vaccines distributed in countries that need them the most. The choice is vaccine nationalism or human solidarity,” he wrote.