Although vaccine passports for international travel might sound like a good idea, one World Health Organization (WHO) official says there’s much more to consider.
Vaccine passports, a concept being considered by Canada and other G7 countries, would effectively allow those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel to participating countries internationally.
However, WHO Emergencies Chief Dr. Michael Ryan said that there are ethical concerns to consider, noting that “being vaccinated [...] is not something everyone has equal access to.”
Speaking during a COVID-19 press conference on Monday, Ryan discussed the “real practical and ethical considerations” for countries considering using a vaccine passport program, saying it could enable “inequity and unfairness [to] be further branded into the system.”
“Quite simply, vaccination is just not available enough around the world and is not available certainly on an equitable basis,” he said.
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