Southern Africa: Last in line for vaccines, first in line for travel bans

Inside Cape Town International Airport in South Africa soon after the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID and the imposition of many bans on travel from southern Africa.
Inside Cape Town International Airport in South Africa soon after the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID and the imposition of many bans on travel from southern Africa. Photo by Dwayne Senior / Bloomberg via Getty Images

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