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Vaccines Should Not Be Part of Vaccination Holiday Packages: UNWTO

Vaccines Should Not Be Part of Vaccination Holiday Packages: UNWTO
Questions have been raised about the ethics of vaccine tourism , Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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The World Committee on Tourism Ethics, an independent cell of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), has said vaccines must remain a global public good

OT Staff
May 26 , 2021
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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently adopted a few recommendations on travel certificates for global travel, and the concept and ethics of vaccine tourism came under the lens.

The World Committee on Tourism Ethics, an independent unit of the UNWTO has criticsed the concept of vaccine tourism and vaccination holiday packages being implemented in several countries.

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The committee recommends that these travel certificates must be responsibly used in all regions and also that the COVID-19 travel certificates for international travel must be free and universally available on a non-discriminatory basis.

The Ethics Committee has also suggested that these vaccination certificates must be limited in time and use.

“We hope that this recommendation will provide a global ethical framework that will aid the much-needed recovery of tourism,”said chairman Pascal Lamy via a YouTube post.

Given the fact that a few countries around the globe have already started welcoming tourists again, all the possible the implications that health certificates might have on tourism ethics will be assessed by UNWTO.

READ: International Travel Uncertain for Those Jabbed With Covaxin

The General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as an impartial and independent body has previously concluded that such certificates can be compatible with ethical tourism, though their ‘to be measured, proportionate, and responsible use needs’.

The committee members adopted the recommendation on COVID-19 travel certificates for international travel only after a series of consultations with stakeholders and experts from around the world.

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Citing the principles of the related Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, the Committee also suggested that “vaccines should not form part of vaccination holiday packages and must remain a global public good”.


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