Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
25 Jan 2021
7:05 pm

Scientists slate Boris Johnson’s ‘limited intelligence’ on virus variant

Brian Sokutu

South African scientists have found that previous infection does not grant immunity against the 501Y.V2 Covid-19 variant, while they and political analysts agree that Boris Johnson probably shouldn't be taken seriously in his attempts to vilify South Africa as its source.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson goes for a walk in St James' park in London, Britain, 11 May 2020. Britons are now in their seventh week of lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Countries around the world are taking increased measures to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. Picture: EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues branding South Africa as the primary source of the most recent Covid-19 variant – a label infuriating local scientists - political experts who have described Johnson say this shouldn't be cause for concern as far as politics between South Africa and Britain. Johnson and his Health Secretary Matt Hancock have been persistent with their narrative of attributing the UK Covid-19 surge to the “South African strain”, raising the ire of professor Tulio de Oliveira of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) – a University of KwaZulu-Natal science thinktank. De Oliviera was...