The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to lay its role in getting all vaccines acceptable by countries which have made it mandatory for visitors to be inoculated by certain brands only.
On the other hand, as the number of positive cases among passengers from the UAE and Bahrain is increasing, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided that only Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results of authorised laboratories will be accepted.
Meanwhile, a number of commercial and tourism sectors will be opening across the country from Monday (today), reported a paper.
In a letter to WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PMA requested the world health body to help resolve the vaccination issue of people who need to travel abroad because the authorities concerned of some countries had approved vaccines of certain companies only.
The PMA representative said everyone was aware of the fact that different countries were using vaccines of various companies to administer to their citizens.
He said despite knowing this fact, some countries had made it mandatory for visitors to be vaccinated by specific brands, adding that this policy would have devastating effect on international travel and trade.
“Keeping in view the above facts we request WHO to convince such countries to accept all vaccine brands approved by other countries for their citizens, otherwise it will create problems for people who wish to go abroad for employment, business, education, medical treatment and for other purposes,” he added.
It is worth mentioning here that in Pakistan, apart from AstraZeneca which has arrived through Covax, most of the vaccines being administered are Chinese.
On the other hand some countries, including Saudi Arabia, do not recognise vaccination certificates of Chinese vaccines despite the fact that WHO has registered Sinopharm.
According to a statement, NCOC’s special session was held on Sunday to review the implementation strategy of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) being enforced with special focus on opening up of the tourism sector from Monday.
The session was presided over by National Coordinator Lt Gen Hamooduz Zaman Khan.
It urged the public to resort to ‘Safe Tourism’ policy.