WHO panel recommends for vaccine passports

A committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends requesting proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to travel to other countries.

In a statement on Monday, the WHO Emergency Committee recommended that Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes avoid the obligation to prove that he was vaccinated before going to another country.

“Given limited (but growing) evidence of vaccine performance to reduce infection and persistent inequity in global vaccine distribution, no evidence of vaccination is required as a condition of entry.” And committee recommendations Said.. “Parties are strongly encouraged to recognize the potential requirements for proof of vaccination to deepen inequality and promote differences in freedom of movement.”

The WHO Commission has pointed out that some individuals, such as seafarers, may be blocked from entering the border due to potential vaccination requirements.

“Special to respect human rights for seafarers who are stuck at sea and stopped crossing the border due to crew changes due to travel restrictions, including the requirements for proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Care must be taken. ”Recommendations are stated.

This is due to the release of passport apps in several regions, including New York and California.

Last week, health officials in Orange County, California released a “digital passport” that allows individuals to safely and securely participate in activities that involve interaction with others, such as travel, attractions, conferences / conferences, concerts, and sports. Announced. School etc. “

Meanwhile, New York has released an “Excelsior” app for the same purpose. The head of Erie County, New York, previously said that fans who want to take part in the Buffalo Bills of Buffalo Sabers game directly will probably need to submit proof of vaccination via the Excelsior app.

However, civil rights organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Warned against Vaccine passport. He states that certain individuals may invade the privacy of Americans, noting that they do not own or have access to a smartphone with a passport app.

“In principle, we do not disagree with the idea of ​​requiring proof of vaccination in certain situations. However, creating a digital passport system is very difficult and a compromise that can occur along the way. Given the failures and failures, we are wary of the possible side effects and long-term consequences. We will closely monitor progress in this area. ” Said ACLU at the end of last month.

Several governors, including Florida Republican Ron DeSantis and Texas Greg Abbott, have ordered a ban on vaccine passports because of privacy concerns.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.