Monday May 24, 2021
LAHORE: Amid the controversy over approval of specific brands of COVID-19 vaccines by some country, Pakistani doctors have sought the intervention of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to play its role in resolving the vaccination issue faced by people who need to travel abroad.
Some countries have approved specific brands of the corona vaccine and have declared it mandatory for incoming visitors to be vaccinated with one of those brands.
In a letter addressed to the WHO director general, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) said the fact that different countries were using different brands of the vaccine manufactured in different countries, means people are not using the same brands of COVID-19 vaccine globally.
“Even knowing the fact, some countries have approved specific brands mandatory for incoming visitors,” the letter read, adding that this policy of approving specific brands of corona vaccine will have a devastating effect on international travelling and trade.
Pakistan Medical Association (Centre) Secretary-General Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad said: “We have requested WHO 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.
Earlier this month, the world health body had approved a vaccine produced by China's state-owned drug maker Sinopharm.
The vaccine, one of two main Chinese coronavirus vaccines that have been given to hundreds of millions of people in China and elsewhere, is the first developed by a non-Western country to win WHO backing.
It is also the first time the WHO has given emergency use approval to a Chinese vaccine for any infectious disease.
A WHO emergency listing is a signal to national regulators that a product is safe and effective. It also allows it to be included in COVAX, a global programme to provide vaccines mainly for poor countries, which has hit supply problems. read more
The WHO had already given emergency approval to COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.