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ICAO updated guidelines: vaccination should not be a prerequisite for international travel

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The International Civil Aviation Organization has updated the aviation industry guidelines and believes that vaccination should not be a prerequisite for international travel.

The International Civil Aviation Organization said: “Current evidence shows that vaccinated people will not spread the coronavirus or reduce the risk of transmission. Therefore, member states can exempt those who are vaccinated from being tested or quarantined upon entry according to their own circumstances. It should not be a prerequisite for international travel.”

The International Civil Aviation Organization has updated the aviation industry guidelines and believes that vaccination should not be a prerequisite for international travel.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging around the world for more than a year. The Aviation Recovery Working Group of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) issued six recommendations and two amendments to member states on Friday, hoping to “renew public confidence in air travel.” Resume the flight.

Sharquitano, Chairman of the ICAO Council, said: “Air traffic has dropped by 70%. These new recommendations and guidelines will, to a certain extent, allow international air transport to see the light at the end of the tunnel… The latest position of the World Health Organization is also taken into consideration, that is, certificates of COVID-19 vaccination should not be used as a condition of international travel.

In the past year, the spread of the epidemic and various travel restrictions have caused most commercial flights to be grounded. However, as countries around the world have launched vaccination plans, normal flights are expected to resume.

The International Civil Aviation Organization said: “Current evidence shows that vaccinated people will not spread the coronavirus or reduce the risk of transmission. Therefore, member states can exempt those who are vaccinated from being tested or quarantined upon entry according to their own circumstances. It should not be a prerequisite for international travel.”

At the beginning of this month, China has launched an international travel health certificate similar to a “vaccine passport” in an attempt to restart international travel.

The European Commission will also submit a proposal for a digital green pass to the European Parliament on Wednesday. European Commission President von der Lein hopes that this will enable European people to travel safely in the European Union or abroad, whether for work or tourism.

However, European officials revealed that the relevant passes may only recognize vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, namely Pfizer, Modena, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. This means that other vaccines not approved by the European Union, such as Russian Satellite V, will not be included.

Johansson, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, said: “What we want to create is a digital certificate that can record the result of a negative test for coronary disease, or prove that you have antibodies, or that you have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency.”

However, according to the draft obtained by Reuters, the 27 member states can decide for themselves whether to allow people who have been vaccinated with the European Medicines Agency approved vaccine to be exempted from the restrictions, or to recognize the vaccines that they have individually approved for use.

Hungary and Slovakia have already purchased the Russian satellite V vaccine. Hungarian Prime Minister Orban also stated that he had been vaccinated with Sinopharm.

The draft also mentions that the EU’s COVID-19 certificate “must avoid discriminating against people who have not been vaccinated” and must include information about testing and rehabilitation.

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