The Federation of English language schools has slammed allegedly unsubstantiated and harmful claims that unvaccinated foreign students were responsible for spreading the Delta variant in Malta. FELTOM reacted to a Times of Malta interview in which Tanya Mellilo, who is the head of the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit, stated that unvaccinated foreign students brought the Delta variant to our shores.
FELTOM objected to the statement, highlighting the fact that similar discrediting blanket statements have led to ‘discriminatory damaging actions against the industry and those whose livelihood depends on it.’ The federation pointed to Malta’s case spike after July 9th 2021 as showing that there was no way to determine who actually spread the Delta variant.
FELTOM called for this ‘scapegoating’ of English language students and those in the industry to stop, stating that the virus does not discriminate between nationalities and one must bear in mind that both locals and foreigners travelled during the period of time mentioned above.
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