End travel bans and facemasks says World Health Organisation

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By Michael Coles

The World Health Organisation says travel bans should be ifted as they are not reducing the spread of covid.

The WHO made the announcement on 19 January 2022 in a document called ‘Statement on the tenth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic‘. (they like brevity).

Section 6 of its decision says international traffic bans do not provide added value and continue to contribute to the economic and social stress.

The WHO states: “The failure of travel restrictions introduced after the detection and reporting of Omicron variant to limit international spread of Omicron demonstrates the ineffectiveness of such measures.”

In other words, viruses cannot be stopped by preventing people from travelling.

The WHO statement adds: “Travel measures (e.g. masking, testing, isolation/quarantine, and vaccination) should be based on risk assessments and avoid placing the financial burden on international travellers.”

The WHO also states in its latest advice to governments that they should not require proof of vaccination against covid-19 for international travel as the only pathway or condition permitting international travel.

It says: “State Parties should consider a risk-based approach to the facilitation of international travel by lifting or modifying measures, such as testing and/or quarantine requirements, when appropriate, in accordance with the WHO guidance.”

In addition it says governments should take a risk-based approach to mass gatherings by evaluating, mitigating, and communicating risks.

Who also calls for real time monitoring and data sharing on SARS-Cov-2 infection, transmission and evolution in animals.

“It will assist global understanding of the virus epidemiology and ecology, the potential for evolution of new variants in animal populations, their timely identification, and assessment of their public health risks.”

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