WHO warns against imposing travel ban due to new version

GENEVA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday cautioned countries against hasty implementation of travel restrictions linked to the new B.1.1. based and scientific”. Arrive”.

“At this point, warnings are being issued against imposing travel measures,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmayer told a UN briefing in Geneva. “WHO recommends that countries continue to apply a risk-based and scientific approach when implementing travel measures.”

A logo is pictured at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 25, 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. Reuters/Dennis Ballybouse

The WHO, which has convened a meeting of experts on Friday to evaluate whether it is of interest or a type of concern, will share guidance on further action for governments, he said.

It will take a few weeks to understand the effect of the variant, he said, and researchers are working to determine how transmissible it is and how it will affect therapeutics and vaccines.

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Reporting by Stephanie Nebbe; Editing by Alison Williams

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