WHO stops short of advising proof of Covid-19 vaccine shots for travel

WHO stops short of advising proof of Covid-19 vaccine shots for travel

GENEVA (REUTERS) – The World Health Organisation on Friday (Jan 15) refrained from advising proof of Covid-19 vaccination or immunity as a condition for international travel, citing “critical unknowns” regarding their efficacy in reducing transmission and limited availability.

The WHO’s Emergency Committee, composed of 19 independent experts, held its sixth meeting in a year as the global death toll from the pandemic reached two million among more than 90 million cases.

The experts issued a series of recommendations, which WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accepted and sent to the UN agency’s 194 member states, a statement said.

“At the present time, do not introduce requirements of proof of vaccination or immunity for international travel as a condition of entry as there are still critical unknowns regarding the efficacy of vaccination in reducing transmission and limited availability of vaccines,” the WHO panel said.