STOCKHOLM, March 4. / TASS /. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to carefully consider a range of factors before introducing COVID-19 vaccination passports for travel. This was announced on Thursday by the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, at a briefing in Copenhagen, which was broadcast on Facebook.
"The WHO generally does not recommend such passports, but as we can already see, this will be inevitable. Therefore, we assess the feasibility and desirability of such a requirement, taking into account various factors. First of all, from a scientific point of view, for how long the vaccine provides immunity, it is not yet fully clear. And also, if you get the vaccine, it protects you, but does not necessarily stop the transmission of the infection from the vaccinated to someone else, "he said.
Kluge also noted that the availability and scarcity of vaccines can contribute to inequities, which are ethical and legal issues. In any case, according to him, such a passport must be digital.
"If countries continue to [work on the introduction of passports], there must be agreement and sufficient prevalence, otherwise it will not work," he added. "We do not recommend passports, but vaccination certificates. And there are a number of issues to consider."