The World Health Organization (WHO) does not endorse the use of coronavirus vaccine passports for travel, a spokesperson said.
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said the world health agency does not endorse the use of these passports, proof that one has been vaccinated against COVID-19, because it is not yet known whether those who have been vaccinated against the virus they can still pass it on. He cited equity concerns as another reason why the WHO does not endorse its use at this time.
“We, as WHO, are saying at this stage that we would not like to see the vaccination passport as a requirement for entry or exit because we are not sure at this stage that the vaccine will prevent transmission,” Harris said during a conference. United Nations press, by Reuters.
“There are all those other questions, in addition to the issue of discrimination against people who cannot get vaccinated for one reason or another,” he added.
The news comes after the nation’s top infectious disease expert also spoke to vaccine passports, saying the federal government will not impose them on travelers or businesses once the pandemic is over.
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“I doubt the federal government is the primary driver of a vaccine passport concept,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, who also serves as President Biden’s chief medical adviser, told the Politico Dispatch podcast on Monday.
“They may be involved in making sure things are done fairly and equitably, but I doubt the federal government is the main element of that,” he added.
Some argue that requiring vaccine passports could speed up the reopening of international travel. But the issue of vaccine passports is a complicated one and has been hotly debated around the world, with questions about how much governments, employers and places have the right to know about a person’s vaccination status.
In the United States, the issue has become largely partisan, and Republican lawmakers are mostly against the concept. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for example, issued an executive order on Friday banning the use of vaccine passports in the state, while Democratic New York became the first state to implement a digital vaccine passport when it recently launched. the so-called “Excelsior Approve.”
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Still, some companies and private organizations may consider developing ways to confirm that someone is vaccinated. Fauci also spoke about this during his appearance on the Politico Dispatch podcast, noting that businesses or schools can require them to enter their buildings.
“I’m not saying they should or would, but I’m saying you could envision how an independent entity might say, ‘well, we can’t deal with you unless we know you’re vaccinated,’ but it’s not going to be a government mandate. federal, “he said.