While Europe is considering the creation of a vaccination passport, the African Union believes that Africans will be discriminated against because of the slowness of vaccination campaigns.
French and European airlines have their eyes riveted on the month of June. Around June 20, in fact, the launch of a vaccination passport should allow the resumption of travel for individuals. The passport in question must allow to show white paw at the borders: the vaccine against the Covid-19 carried out, the travelers will be able then to go to France, Belgium and the other States of the European Union. Problem, for Africa in particular, only vaccines administered with doses from Western pharmaceutical companies are concerned. People vaccinated with doses of Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or even Johnson & Johnson will therefore have priority.
The European Union has decided to exclude Russian and Chinese vaccines. People vaccinated via Sputnik V or Sinovac will therefore be asked to present a negative PCR test and to follow the protocols imposed by the various government authorities in European countries.
During an extraordinary meeting, which took place on April 15, the air transport ministers of the African Union (AU) have " called on all countries in different regions of the world which have introduced or are in the process of introducing vaccine passports as a prerequisite for international travel, to refrain from doing so, as so far the vaccine is not available in sufficient quantity, as confirmed by the WHO, and that the African continent still has a considerable number of its citizens who have not yet received the vaccines ”.
If the presentation of a negative PCR test can be considered, there is no doubt that this European vaccine passport sounds like a discriminating tool vis-à-vis Africans. First of all because of the slowness of vaccination campaigns, slowed down by India. In addition, African countries, faced with the cessation of exports of Indian doses, have largely turned to Russian and Chinese vaccines, which will not be accepted on the future document.
The European Union took an astonishing decision there, against the advice of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO), which asked countries who envisioned it “not requiring proof of vaccination as a condition of entry” for international travelers. This is partly because of "limited (although growing) evidence of vaccine performance in reducing transmission and given the persistent inequality in global vaccine distribution."
"States parties are strongly encouraged to recognize that the requirement of proof of vaccination can worsen inequalities and promote differentiated freedom of movement", explained the WHO, which the EU therefore refused to listen to.