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WHO opposes ‘vaccine passport’ due to shortage of anti-Covid-19 doses

WHO opposes ‘vaccine passport’ due to shortage of anti-Covid-19 doses

Geneva, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday raised its opposition to vaccine passports related to anti-Covid-19 vaccine doses, due to inequity of vaccine access around the world.
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WHO´s General Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that it is a ‘discriminatory measure’, since there is no equality regarding Covid-19 vaccine distribution, adding that the vaccine passport could be considered in the future whether immunization coverage increased and a uniform system could be established.

Mr. Ghebreyesus recalled that some countries has less than 3% of vaccination coverage, especially in Africa, and many people have not even received the first dose.

‘So far, only two African countries have reached 40% of vaccination coverage, the lowest of any region. That is not because African nations do not have the capacity or experience to deploy Covid-19 vaccines; it is because they have been left behind,’ he said.

On the other hand, he lamented that worldwide only about 5.7 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered, 80 percent of them in high-income countries.

He reiterated the UN stance to introduce a moratorium on inoculation with booster doses until at least the end of this year.

We do not want, he said, the use of boosters for able-bodied people to become widespread, as so many health workers and people at risk around the world are still waiting for their first dose.

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