WHO currently not backing use of coronavirus passports: spokeswoman

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Published: 2021-04-06 16:13

Last Updated: 2021-04-12 21:07


WHO currently not backing use of coronavirus passports: spokeswoman
WHO currently not backing use of coronavirus passports: spokeswoman

A World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman Margaret Harris, announced during an United Nations (UN) meeting, that the organization does not back the requirement of a coronavirus vaccination passport for travel purposes due to the uncertainty of the jab preventing virus transmission.

According to the New York Times, "The vaccines will probably prevent you from getting sick with COVID-19. No one knows yet whether they will keep you from spreading the virus to others — but that information is coming."

Harris continiued, "We as WHO are saying at this stage we would not like to see the vaccination passport as a requirement for entry or exit because we are not certain at this stage that the vaccine prevents transmission."

Additionally, Harris said that the passport will pose equity concerns too, stating that a such documentation will further discriminate against those unable to receive a vaccine.

“There are all those other questions, apart from the question of discrimination against the people who are not able to have the vaccine for one reason or another.”