IATA warns govts. over knee-jerk COVID restrictions reinstatement

 

The Director-General of the Air Transport Association (IATA), Willie Walsh has expressed extreme disappointment with what he described as knee-jerk reinstatement of COVID-19 measures that have proven ineffective over the last three years.

He noted that nations have the tools to manage COVID-19 without resorting to ineffective measures that cut off international connectivity, damage economies, and destroy jobs.

Governments, he said must base their decisions on ‘science facts’ rather than ‘science politics.

“That’s why governments should listen to the advice of experts, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) that advice against travel restrictions.

Walsh

Walsh, in a statement, said several countries are introducing COVID-19 testing and other measures for travellers from China, even though the virus is already circulating widely within their borders.

Research undertaken around the arrival of the Omicron variant according to him concluded that putting barriers in the way of travel made no difference to the peak spread of infections.

His words, “Several countries are introducing COVID-19 testing and other measures for travellers from China, even though the virus is already circulating widely within their borders.

It is extremely disappointing to see this knee-jerk reinstatement of measures that have proven ineffective over the last three years.

Research undertaken around the arrival of the Omicron variant concluded that putting barriers in the way of travel made no difference to the peak spread of infections.

Wole Shadare

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