WHO does not support COVID-19 vaccination passports

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The World Health Organization has said it does not support the practice of requiring so-called vaccine passports – noting it remains unclear whether vaccines prevent transmission of COVID-19.

“As the WHO, we are saying at this point that we would not like to see the vaccination passport as a condition of entry or exit because we are not sure at this stage that the vaccine is preventing transmission,” he said. WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris said in a briefing Tuesday.

“There are all these other issues, aside from the issue of discrimination against people who cannot get vaccinated for one reason or another.”

Some countries, like the UK, are considering requiring some form of proof of vaccination to allow people to attend events or take a flight.

The US federal government, however, has indicated that it has no plans to require a similar verification.

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Some countries, like the UK, are considering requiring some form of proof of vaccination to allow people to attend events or take a flight.
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Andy Slavitt, senior advisor to the White House COVID-19 response team, said President Biden’s administration would provide advice to the private sector on how to develop passports.

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The World Health Organization has said it does not support the practice of requiring so-called vaccine passports
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“The government does not see its role as the place of creation of a passport nor as a place of storage of citizens’ data. We see this as something the private sector does, and we will do what is important to us, ”he said at a press briefing.

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President Biden’s administration will provide advice to the private sector on how to develop passports.
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Dr Anthony Fauci also said on Monday that the federal government “could help ensure that things are done fairly and equitably”.

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The Excelsior Pass app provides digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or observed negative test results.
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“But I doubt the federal government is the main component,” the chief medical adviser told the “Politico Dispatch” podcast.

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