WHO opposes proof of vaccination for travelers

The World Health Organization’s emergency committee says it is against international travelers being required to have proof of vaccination, partly on grounds that such a measure would deepen inequities.

“Do not require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry, given the limited (although growing) evidence about the performance of vaccines in reducing transmission and the persistent inequity in the global vaccine distribution,” the committee says in a statement summarizing its April 15 meeting, the results of which were only published on Monday.

“States parties are strongly encouraged to acknowledge the potential for requirements of proof of vaccination to deepen inequities and promote differential freedom of movement,” the committee adds.

The group’s recommendation comes as numerous countries are mulling launching vaccine passports for travelers, but also for other activities including sports.

The idea, however, has met with criticism, with many saying it would lead to discrimination between young and old, as well as rich and poor. Some have also raised privacy concerns.

Travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)

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