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WHO says vaccine mandates should be temporary

Governments should weigh up the benefits of vaccination against "the disruption to any individual right or individual freedom," said Mike Ryan
26 November 2021, Ukraine, ---: An illustration photo shows a medical syringe and a vial in front of the text Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 in the background. The mutated strain, called "Omicron" and described by the World Health Organization as "a strain of concern", reached Belgium after it was discovered in South Africa. Pharmaceutical companies are working to modify vaccines to counter the new mutated strain of the Coronavirus, which has sparked travel bans in many countries of the world. Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
An photo shows a medical syringe and a vial in front of the text Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 in the background. Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/dpa.

The World Health Organization issued a word of warning to governments on Wednesday, noting that mandatory vaccination should be a "last resort" in the pandemic.

"Many people who are hesitant about taking vaccines have genuine questions that need to be answered," said Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme.

Ryan called for vaccine mandates to "be clear, be explicit, and time-limited." They must also be "accompanied by the appropriate risk communication and clarification," he added.

"We see mandates as the last resort in the face ... of a large epidemic in which we know that vaccines will save lives," the public health expert said, giving the Delta and Omicron outbreaks of coronavirus as examples.

Governments should weigh up the benefits of vaccination against "the disruption to any individual right or individual freedom," he noted.

WHO says vaccine mandates should be temporary
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