Clason Moniela, an official representative of the South African Foreign Ministry, spoke about the results of the joint work of South African scientists and their colleagues from the BRICS countries.
He said that joint research includes the regular exchange of data on the new omicron coronavirus strain, Izvestia says, and close cooperation with scientists from Russia, China, India, Brazil:
Of course, we are closely cooperating with the BRICS countries, in particular, our scientists conduct joint research, exchange information and experience, including the genomic sequencing of the omicron.
The good news is that no infected omicron has yet required hospitalization and a ventilator, says Moniela. According to the country’s Ministry of Health and scientists, this strain of coronavirus is not accompanied by serious symptoms.
Regarding the request for a sample of the strain that came from Russia, the Foreign Ministry spokesman replied:
“I am not sure that the samples have already been sent, but given the high level of cooperation between the BRICS countries, I am confident that this request will be fulfilled as soon as possible.”
On Monday, the Institute for Biological Research of the Academy of Athens (IIBEAA) announced that two suspicious cases of the Omicron Covid-19 strain have been confirmed in the Greek capital. They were identified in Attica in Greek patients living in South Africa who traveled in Greece before the country imposed strict restrictions on November 16.
Kyriakos Pierrakakis said on Monday that about 557,000 people made an appointment for revaccination against Covid-19 from Friday to Sunday after authorities announced the emergence of the Omicron strain.