An emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) has weighed in, and has set the tenor on worldwide vaccine passports.
The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee recommended on Monday that proof of vaccination not be required as a condition of international travel, maintaining its stance on the issue under growing debate.
The independent experts, in a statement issued after meeting last Thursday, cited limited evidence on whether vaccination against COVID-19 reduces people’s ability to transmit the virus and “the persistent inequity in global vaccine distribution”.
States should recognise that requiring proof of vaccination deepens inequities and promotes unequal freedom of movement, the panel said.
In the United States, the prospect of vaccine passports has already received strong pushback from the governors of Florida (Ron DeSantis), Texas (Greg Abbott), and Mississippi (Tate Reeves), and some states, like Arkansas, are drafting legislation to ban such restrictions by state and local businesses.
However, Hawaii is full steam ahead to create its own vaccine passport.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki even walked back initial talk that the Biden administration supported nationwide vaccine passports:
“The government is not now, nor will we be, supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” Psaki told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.”
The administration wants to protect Americans’ privacy and doesn’t want vaccine passports “used against people unfairly,” Psaki said.
What gave the WHO panel pause on advocating such a move was:
1) Limited evidence that vaccination actually reduces the transmission of COVID-19.
2) Not everyone can or will get vaccinated.
The science is definitely not settled, and there are huge concerns about not only privacy, but personal freedoms. Yet, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other agenda-driven politicians and health officials are acting as if the vaccine is all-important and that everyone will receive it.
The WHO seems to at least have an understanding that this is not how life on earth, or individual governments, can work.
Any restrictions on international travel mean restrictions on commerce. With last year’s worldwide shutdown due to the coronavirus, the hardest-hit parts of the world were those who could least afford it: developing countries and third-world countries reliant on tourism and international commerce.
WHO has already come out against the efficacy of lockdowns because of the economic impact, and locking down borders via a vaccine passport would produce the same result.
An October 2020 New York Post article, which covered the WHO’s statement on lockdowns reported:
“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Nabarro said.
“The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
Nabarro said tight restrictions cause significant harm, particularly on the global economy.
“Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer,” he said.