“The UK and SA are both leading scientific nations and the meeting was initiated by the UK high commission and South African government to ensure the most up-to-date and accurate sharing of information. The UK side expressed its gratitude to SA experts for their willingness to share both data and expertise.
“The insights provided will feed into the next review of UK border measures which is due to take place within the next fortnight,” the statement read.
The issue of vaccine certificates was also discussed.
“The UK side explained that, after some initial pilots, it was now seeking to extend its recognition of vaccine certificates around the world as rapidly as possible.
“The UK expressed its willingness to take forward discussions with the SA government on this matter. The UK and SA governments both support and recognise the importance of vaccination as a way out of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement read.