uper fast Covid tests will pave the way towards a return to normality but people who do not have a “vaccine passport” are likely to face some international travel restrictions, a leading expert said today.
He also stressed that “super quick” tests are likely to be used for access to some venues and will open up the way for a return to closer to normality.
Asked if he thought “vaccine passports” would become inevitable as a condition of international travel in future, he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “Yes, I think overtime a system through which people will be able to demonstrate their immune status in relation to Covid will emerge.
“But it will require a bit of hard work.
“Firstly, governments are going to have to agree on the kind of system they are going to use, and secondly we also have to bear in mind that similar certification should also be there for people who have had the disease and who can show that they have got antibodies against the virus.
“So, a bit of working out to be done but I think it will be important, particularly for travel.”
Asked about concerns that it will discriminate against people who have not been vaccinated, he added: “Yes, I think that that is a reality.
“Those of us who have not yet been in a position to be vaccinated will perhaps not be able to travel as widely as those who have for a bit.”
However, he believes that the current situation of “extreme shortages” of vaccine will be sorted out in coming months as more vaccines come on stream and production is boosted.
“For me the big issue is making sure that people all over the world can get access to vaccine,” he added.
“It does not feel right that people in a few countries can get vaccine and people in other countries just can’t get it at all and are still at big, big risk of death.”
He believes that accurate, mass testing may eventually be used for access to restaurants and other venues.
“The secret to getting life back to some degree of normality for most of us is going to be the availability of really reliable, super quick tests that can be done anywhere and that when they give you a result you can say ‘right that is a result I can trust’ because that will make movement, so, so much easier,” he explained.
“The certificates for vaccination are likely to be required more for international travel and other such activities where you are actually going into a different jurisdiction.
“But for moving around it will be rapid test.”