Health Ministry does not plan to issue immunity passports in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ministry of Health has no desire to divide people into those who have antibodies and those who do not.
23:00, 30 October 2020

Ukraine's Deputy Healthcare Minister
Viktor Lyashko Facebok

The chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko said that the Ministry of Health does not want to divide people into those who have antibodies to Covid-19 and those who do not, therefore, immunity passports won't be introduced in Ukraine for now, 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.

"We do not want to divide people now and to issue immunity passports to them," Lyashko said.

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Lyashko also said that it is impossible to divide people by the presence of antibodies in the blood, and asked everyone to understand the anti-epidemic restrictions that are introduced on the territory of Ukraine and adhere to them.

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.

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.

Related: Health Ministry introduces temporary contracts to involve medics in fight against Covid-19


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