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Top Virologist: “The Worst Thing You Can Do is Make the Vaccine Compulsory”

Would be “fuel to the anti-vaccine movement.”

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A top virologist has warned that “the worst thing you can do is make the vaccine compulsory” because it would be “fuel to the anti-vaccine movement.”

Earlier today it was revealed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has now proved 95% effective in preventing coronavirus and will be submitted for emergency authorization within days, meaning it could be ready as soon as next month.

Governments across the world are considering how to encourage uptake of the vaccine and how to deal with the millions of people who will refuse to take it.

According to virologist Marc Van Ranst, it would be a terrible idea for authorities to make the vaccine mandatory.

“The worst thing you can do is make the vaccine compulsory,” Van Ranst told VRT News.

“That’s fuel to the anti-vaccine movement, as it’s what they’ve been warning about for years. It would send a very bad signal,” he added.

The virologist points out that if a majority of the population receives the vaccine, the roughly 17 percent who refuse to take it “is not a problem.”

As we highlighted yesterday, with a British MP calling for the vaccine to be compulsory before anyone is allowed to return to work, a poll out of the UK found that a majority of the population supported making it mandatory.

However, even if the vaccine isn’t made compulsory, private venues such as bars, restaurants, stadiums and other businesses could refuse entry to anyone who can’t present a digital certificate of vaccination.

Both Ticketmaster and the the airline industry in general are considering such a system, which would make socializing, travel and commerce virtually impossible even if governments don’t mandate the vaccine by law.

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Omicron Variant First Detected in Four People Who Were Fully Vaccinated

Botswana government releases public statement on new mutant strain.

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The new ‘Omicron’ variant of COVID-19 was first detected in four people who were fully vaccinated, according to a public statement by the Botswana government.

The new variant, which some claim is three times more contagious, was initially discovered in Botswana before it spread across South Africa.

The news was met with global alarm, prompting financial markets to plummet and new travel bans to be put in place.

According to a public statement by the Botswana government, the new mutation was first discovered in four people who had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the report, four cases of the new variant “were reported and recorded” on November 22.

“The preliminary report revealed that all the four had been completely vaccinated for COVID-19,” according to Botswana authorities.

In a subsequent statement, the government revealed that the new variant “was detected on four foreign nationals who had entered Botswana on the 7th November 2021, on a diplomatic mission.”

“The quartet tested positive for COVID-19 on the 11th November 2021 as they were preparing to return,” according to the statement.

In a piece of good news, others who had close contact with the infectees “have no COVID-19 symptoms and have tested negative for COVID-19.”

As we highlighted earlier, according to Belgian Prime Minister , the Omicron variant is so potentially devastating that it should be called ‘COVID-21’.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s medical chief Dr. Angelique Coetzee described the panic as a “storm in a teacup,” adding that she had only seen “very very mild cases” of the variant so far.

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Belgian Prime Minister Says New Variant Heralds Arrival of ‘COVID-21’

Claims it’s three times more infectious.

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The Prime Minister of Belgium says the new mutant variant of coronavirus is so potentially devastating that it should be called ‘COVID-21’.

Yes, really.

Alexander De Croo made the comments during a press conference after international markets plummeted in response to the news that the ‘Nu’ variant of the virus had been discovered in Botswana and spread across South Africa.

“You could say that this is Covid-21 instead of Covid-19: it is three times more infectious than the original virus,” said De Croo.

His remarks came in the aftermath of sustained media panic over the new mutation and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) describing the variant as “the worst one we’ve seen so far.”

It was confirmed that the B.1.1.529 variant had reached Europe after it was detected in someone who had entered Belgium after traveling to Egypt.

Some European countries are already tightening COVID restrictions despite the fact that very little is known about the new strain and it could take weeks to determine if it is a major threat.

However, international alarm over the mutation was questioned by South Africa’s medical chief Dr. Angelique Coetzee, who described the response as a “storm in a teacup.”

According to Coetzee, South Africa has only recorded “very very mild cases” of the variant so far.

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South Africa Medical Chief Says New COVID Mutation Has Only Produced “Very Mild Cases”

Expresses surprise at international alarm.

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Despite a flurry of international panic over the new COVID mutation, South Africa’s medical chief says the issue is a “storm in a teacup,” noting that the country has only recorded “very mild cases” of the new strain.

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