The WHO Committee for Emergencies urged the governments not to demand vaccination certificates from people who travel abroad. Instead, the Organization offers to use tests and self-isolation during border control procedures.
"Do not require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for international travel as the only pathway or condition permitting international travel, given limited global access and inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. State Parties should consider a risk-based approach to the facilitation of international travel by lifting measures, such as testing and/or quarantine requirements, when appropriate, in accordance with the WHO guidance", the statement says.
WHO member countries should consider the risk-based approach to simplification of international traveling, the Organization says.
It is too soon to exclude that SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the Covid-19 disease could have emerged in the lab of Wuhan city and leaked from there. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of WHO reported that as quoted by AP.
“I was a lab technician myself, I’m an immunologist, and I have worked in the lab, and lab accidents happen,” he said.
Ghebreyesus underlined that checking whether the event took place was crucial for understanding if pandemic was somehow connected to the laboratories.