Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has appealed to the British government to remove Nigeria and other countries from its red list.
The Archbishop in a series of tweets on Tuesday said the UK should avoid ‘travel apartheid’, restating the words of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Ambassador Sarafa Isola.
He wrote, “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’.”
According to the Archbishop, it was morally wrong to punish countries that are honest with COVID-19 status.
He also made inquiries on vaccine equity and condemned the hoarding of doses urging for cooperation to get vaccines to countries that need it the most.
The Archbishop said, “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.”