“We think there are more science‑based solutions... increased testing and even if people need to go into quarantine, but blanket barring of certain citizens is a form of collective punishment in a way,” UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.
“We need to be guided by science,” he said.
The US has sent close to 8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to South Africa so far, and over 93 million to the African continent as a whole, Psaki said.
"In order not to waste time, we are tackling these two tasks in parallel until data and more information on whether a vaccine is appropriate or not is available," BioNTech’s spokesperson told the DPA agency.
"The new virus variant underscores the need for rapid vaccination with first and second doses for those who have not received them, and a booster dose for those who are eligible", Health Minister Ingvild Kjerkol said.
"We see that in the markets this reaction is purely emotional, it is not based on any scientific data, because they simply do not exist yet," Peskov said, commenting on the concern in economic and energy plan, caused by the emergence of the new strain.
"Of course, this is a purely emotional reaction," he told reporters.
"I am expecting we will top over 10,000 cases by the end of the week per day", epidemiologist and Vice President of the International Science Council Salim Abdool Karim said.
"We're all in isolation except for the youth team that didn't play on Saturday, 44 people are in isolation at home," a club spokesman said on Monday. "Two or three players and two or three staff have symptoms, but nothing too serious, the rest are asymptomatic. Everyone is waiting to repeat the tests, as soon as the health authority authorises it", he added.