PMA urges WHO to ensure acceptability of all its approved Covid19 vaccines for international travel

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PMA urges WHO to ensure acceptability
of all its approved Covid19 vaccines
for international travel

KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association (C) leadership has taken a timely initiative which deserve to be commended in drawing the attention of the Director General of World Health Organization regarding ensuring acceptability of all WHO Registered Covid19 vaccines to ease international travel. It is unfortunate the some countries are making it mandatory and recommend a particular brand of Covid19 vaccine for travel. They are insisting that all incoming passengers must get vaccinated with a particular brand of corona vaccine.

In a letter written to the Director General of WHO, PMA has stated that WHO must play its role in resolving this issue. It is well known that different countries of the world are using different brands of the vaccine, manufactured in different countries. It means people are not using same brands of Covid-19 Vaccine globally. Even knowing the fact, some countries have approved specific brands mandatory for incoming visitors. This policy of approving specific brands of Corona Vaccine will have devastating affect over international travelling and trade. PMA has requested W.H.O to convince such countries to accept all the vaccine brands approved by all other countries for their citizens, otherwise it will create a big problem for the people who wish to go abroad for employment, business, education, medical treatment and for other purposes, the communication sent by Dr. S. M. Qaisar Sajjad concludes.

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