WHO officials said on Tuesday that out of concerns about fairness, the World Health Organization (WHO) currently does not support the use of “vaccine passports” during travel.
Mike Ryan, the executive director of the WHO’s emergency plan, said he is concerned that such a request may exacerbate vaccine fairness issues.
He told reporters that the WHO supports vaccine certificates as a way to provide health records to people who have been vaccinated, but if the certificates are used for work, school or travel, different considerations need to be given to the issue.
Ryan said that unless more countries have equal access to vaccines, it would be unethical to require proof of vaccination.
Ryan said at the press conference: “We already have a huge vaccine fairness problem worldwide. Imposing a vaccination certificate requirement before traveling may lead to another layer of this inequality.”
Ryan also pointed out that there are still lingering questions about whether the vaccine can prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
He said that the agency working group is continuing to discuss the matter, and the proposal may be reconsidered.
Ryan’s comments echoed the speech made by a WHO spokeswoman earlier on Tuesday. According to Reuters, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris (Margaret Harris) also said that the agency does not support vaccine passports for travel.
She said: “As the WHO said, at this stage, we don’t want to treat the vaccine passport as a requirement for entry or exit, because we are not yet sure that the vaccine can stop the spread.” According to Reuters.
“In addition to discriminating against people who cannot be vaccinated for some reason, there are all other problems.”
Talking about vaccine passports in the United States has triggered opposition from conservatives, who are concerned about potential government expansion, which will discriminate against Americans who choose not to be vaccinated and violate their privacy rights.
The White House insists that if private companies want to implement a certain type of vaccine passport system, it will be postponed to private companies.