The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it was opposed "for the time being" to the introduction of certificates of vaccination — so-called "vaccine passports" — against Covid-19 as a condition for allowing international travellers entry into other countries. The statement posted on the official website of the organization informs about that.
Several countries have already signalled their interest in producing vaccine passports in some form, including Spain, Belgium, Iceland, Estonia, and Denmark.
"There are still too many fundamental unknowns in terms of the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing (virus) transmission and vaccines are still only available in limited quantities," the committee said in its recommendations, adding that proof of vaccination should not exempt from other health precautionary measures.
As we reported, the governments of six countries of the European Union appealed in the letter to the executive EU Commission with the request to put pressure on Pfizer/BioNTech ‘to provide stability and transparency of timely deliveries of the vaccine against Covid-19.
The letter, signed by the health ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, said Pfizer/BionTech had told them that agreed vaccine deliveries in the coming weeks would be substantially reduced,” the message said.
Earlier, Pfizer Company stated to temporarily reduce the volume of vaccine supplies to EU countries during the period of increase of its production capacities. The company plans to increase production from 1.3 billion doses to 2 billion doses per year during this period of time.