The World Health Organization (WHO) does not support the use of coronavirus vaccine passports for travel, a spokesman said.
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said the World Health Organization did not support the use of these passports – evidence that they had been vaccinated against COVID-19 – because it was not yet known whether those who had been vaccinated against the virus were still can transfer it. She cited investments as another reason why the WHO does not support their use at this time.
“We as the WHO say at this time that we do not want to see the vaccination passport as a requirement for entry or exit because at this time we are not sure that the vaccine will prevent transmission,”
“There are all the other issues except the issue of discrimination against those people who for some reason are unable to get the vaccine,” she added.
The news comes after the country’s top expert on infectious diseases also spoke out for vaccine passports, saying the federal government will not give them mandates to travelers or businesses after the pandemic is over.
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“I doubt the federal government will be the main engine of a vaccine card concept,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, who also serves as President Biden’s chief medical adviser, to the podcast Politico Dispatch on Monday.
“They may be involved in making sure things are done fairly and equitably, but I doubt the federal government will be the leading element in that,” he added.
Some argue that the mandate for vaccine passports could accelerate the reopening of international travel. But the issue of vaccine passports is complicated and has been much debated around the world with issues that are largely about how much governments, employers and venues have the right to know about a person’s vaccination status.
In the United States, the issue has largely become biased, with Republican lawmakers mostly opposed to the concept. Florida government Ron DeSantis, for example, on Friday issued a decree banning the use of vaccine passports in the state, while Democratic New York became the first state to roll out a digital vaccine passport when it recently launched the so-called “Excelsior Passes” . ”
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Still, some private companies and organizations may look into developing ways to confirm that someone has been vaccinated. Fauci also spoke to this during his appearance on the Politico Dispatch podcast, noting that companies or schools may require them to enter their buildings.
“I’m not saying they should, or they would, but I’m saying you could foresee how an independent entity could say, ‘yes, we can not deal with you unless we know you’re vaccinated, “but it will not be mandated by the federal government,” he said.