The Rush to Close Borders, Latin America’s Prison Crisis and More

The Rush to Close Borders, Latin America’s Prison Crisis and More
A man walks through a deserted part of Johannesburg’s airport, South Africa, Nov. 29, 2021 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).

This week, the emergence of a new coronavirus variant potentially more contagious than the dominant delta strain caused widespread panic, as governments across the world closed their borders to travelers from Southern Africa, where the new variant was first identified. Named omicron, it contains even more mutations to its spike proteins than delta, causing some scientists to worry that it could also reduce the effectiveness of the currently developed vaccines. For now, the data is preliminary, and most of the alarm is based on speculation and the principle of precaution. But the rush to seal borders serves as a reminder […]

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