WHO WARNS AGAINST THE IDEA OF ISSUING IMMUNITY PASSPORTS TO COVID-19 RECOVERED PATIENTS

The World Health Organization has warned governments globally against the idea of issuing immunity passports to recovered covid-19 patients. The health organization says there is lack of proof that recovered patients can’t get reinfected. On Friday in a scientific brief the United nations said that the theory of a one time infection leading to immunity is not proven yet. The World Health organization wrote “some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS- CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19 could serve as the basis for an immunity passport or risk free certificate”. The United nations also said that “further validation to determine their accuracy and reliability”, further test has to be conducted to prove antibodies. Earlier in the month the United States confirmed that it was considering taking the same move. Countries all over the world are planning to reopen their economies and countries after weeks of intensive lockdown, most of these countries are planning to give immunity passports to allow people deemed immune to travel.

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United Kingdom and Germany have also considered taking the immunity passport step to ease their economies suffering. Earlier last week Chile became the first country to announce its plans to give health passports in order to enable recovered corona virus patients return to work. The WHO has countered this saying that letting recovered covid-19 patients return to work may risk the continuous spread of the virus. Recently data reports have shown that countries like China and South Korea have shown that some recovered patients might have a relapse of the virus.

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