Low immunity rate, varying vaccine efficacy concerns behind Vietnam’s cautious approach to ‘vaccine passports’

Director General of the General Department of Preventive Medicine Dang Quang Tan has mentioned three reasons for Vietnam not yet accepting “vaccine passports”.

First, COVID-19 vaccines, he said, only reduce the seriousness of diseases when people are infected, while travel recommendations for vaccinated people have not been fully researched.

Secondly, different countries are administering different COVID-19 vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sputnik V, and Sinovac, with varying protection efficacy, so which country would allow the entries of people injected with which types of vaccines remains a question.

The third and final reason Tan cited is that the application of vaccine passports should depend on the level of community immunity.

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