Note: Below is an AP release currently on several sources. Are you worried that you, or perhaps loved ones, who are unable or unwilling at this time to take a C jab will be barred from travel? Travel is much more than a holiday lark. Travel means livelihood. Seeing relatives around the world for special occasions, including funerals. Visiting a parent for children of divorce. Helping a friend when Zoom and the phone just aren't enough.
Geneva: A senior World Health Organisation official said that so-called “vaccine passports" for COVID-19 should not be used for international travel because of numerous concerns, including ethical considerations that coronavirus vaccines are not easily available globally.
At a press briefing on Monday, WHO emergencies chief Dr Michael Ryan said there are “real practical and ethical considerations" for countries considering using vaccine certification as a condition for travel, adding the U.N. health agency advises against it for now.
“Vaccination is just not available enough around the world and is not available certainly on an equitable basis," Ryan said. WHO has previously noted that it's still unknown how long immunity lasts from the numerous licensed COVID-19 vaccines and that data are still being collected.
Ryan also noted the strategy might be unfair to people who cannot be vaccinated for certain reasons and that requiring vaccine passports might allow “inequity and unfairness (to) be further branded into the system."