WHO criticizes offer to issue “immunity passports”

Source : 112 Ukraine

There is no evidence that people who have had Covid-19 are protected from re-infection
18:43, 25 April 2020
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WHO experts warn that there is no evidence that people who have had Covid-19 are protected from reinfection even if they had antibodies in the blood. This report is published on the WHO website.

Thus, WHO warns governments against issuing "immunity passports" to those citizens who have already had coronavirus.

"Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate” that would enable individuals to travel or to return to work assuming that they are protected against re-infection. There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection," the message reads.

At the same time, testing the population for antibodies is extremely important to get a real picture of how many people actually got coronavirus. These data will help to quickly weaken a number of quarantine measures, and they are also important for the successful development of a vaccine against the virus.

As reported, the Ukrainian Ministry of Healthcare plans to massively test Ukrainians for immunity to coronavirus. Perhaps, to determine the immunity, they will use the ELISA diagnostic method, testing will be launched "in the near future".

Meanwhile, chief epidemiologist of Sweden, the author of the Swedish strategy for combating coronavirus Anders Tegnell believes that the closure of borders and lockdown in Europe could not stop the spread of coronavirus, Berlingske reports.

"In all countries, they are aware that it is possible to stop the virus only with the presence of mass immunity or with the help of an effective vaccine. None of these exist yet. All other measures that are being taken in the world today are temporary solutions," he said.

The Swedish strategy is slightly different from the European one - schools and kindergartens are not closed there, institutions are open.

"We in Sweden proceeded from our traditions and common sense, so we did slightly different things. We did not close the society. In other countries, politicians are not fully aware of what it means to try to keep people isolated for many months. Pandemic will not end quickly, and we can stick to our soft strategy for a very long time," he said.

A depressing picture in the Turkish, Syrian and Somali communities in Sweden testifies in favor of the version about the role of civic consciousness in the phenomenon of the Swedish “miracle” - morbidity and mortality in groups that did not absorb Swedish culture and self-discipline are significantly higher than in the whole country.

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