Vaccination certificates have advantages but they should not restrict traveling, - WHO

Source : 112 Ukraine

Such certificates might contain information about used drug and, consequently, mitigate programs of estimation of safety and efficiency of the vaccines
14:43, 9 March 2021


The World Health Organization (WHO) supported the electronic certificates of vaccination; however, it underlined that they should not restrict the possibilities for traveling, as TASS reported citing Katherine O'Brien, the Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department.

“We incredibly support the electronic certificates of vaccination due to a number of reasons,” O’Brien said.

According to her, such certificates might contain information about used drugs and, consequently, mitigate programs of estimation of safety and efficiency of the vaccines. This certificate provides a number of positive results; however, in this situation, it is extremely important for what purposes the data will be used.

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The WHO representative said that the standards of the introduction of electronic and individual records are the most important things that provide the privacy of data.

Moreover, O’Brien emphasized that the electronic certificates on the vaccination should be used ‘for prospective restriction of the people’s possibility to travel’.

The same opinion was expressed by Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Program Michael Ryan.

“Currently, it is not recommended to use the certificates on vaccination as the demand for traveling because the vaccination is not available in sufficient number in the whole world, and, definitely, it is not available on the equal basis,” Ryan underlined.

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He also added that the inequality and injustice might stigmatize the system even more if the decision ‘what people might and not allowed to do’ are assumed on the basis of the vaccination when not everyone has equal access to it.

Earlier, the WHO stated that the governments don't need to introduce Covid-19 vaccination passports.

However, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen stated that the EU governments must immediately begin technical work to ensure a Covid-19 vaccination certificate system can be introduced across the 27-member bloc by summer.


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