WHO does not envisage COVID-19 vaccines being made mandatory - (Financial Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • World Health Organization officials said the agency does not foresee mandatory vaccinations being introduced around the world to stem the spread of COVID-19, as reported in Financial Post.

  • However, Kate O'Brien, the WHO's director of immunization vaccines and biologicals, said "there may be some countries or some situations in countries where professional circumstances require it or highly recommend to be vaccinated," such as hospitals.

  • The WHO's top emergency expert, Mike Ryan, suggested "we are much better served to present people with the data, present people with the benefits and let people make up their own minds, within reason."

  • Meanwhile, the UN agency is also still waiting to visit China to study the origins of the coronavirus. "We are planning and hope to be on the ground as soon as possible," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

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