Immunity Passport: Scientists believe that immunity passport can lead to discrimination; Many countries suggested the use
Discussion of ‘immunity passport’ is in full swing these days amid efforts to stop Kovid-19 from spreading. Some governments are emphasizing on documents that certify a person’s immunity. However, experts believe this will lead to discrimination.
The development of the corona virus vaccine is still late. In such a situation, there is intense discussion on the proposal to prove that a person is infected and has immunity to SARS-COV-2 infection. Many countries including the US, Chile, Germany, Italy and Britain have suggested the use of ‘passports’. Meaning, those who have ‘immunity passport’ can be given relaxation of other work including restriction of physical distance.
Upasana Ray, senior scientist at CSIR’s Kolkata-based Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, said in a special conversation that the rationale behind certifying people to be resistant is that there are antibodies that are made and present in such people. However, India’s position in this regard is very cautious.
Immunity Passport: People getting infected again in South Korea
ICMR’s Chennai-based National Institute of Epidemiology director Manoh Murahekar said, “There is no evidence yet that a person infected with Kovid-19 cannot relapse.” There are reports of people being infected again from South Korea. Therefore, it is not practical to give an immunity passport on the basis of having SARS-COV-2 antibody in the blood. ‘
“There is also a possibility of widespread misuse of immunity passports in many ways, especially for the poor and deprived groups,” said immunologist Satyajit Rath. AL Phelan of Georgetown University Medical Center in the United States wrote in the Lancet Journal that an ‘immunity passport’ would impose an artificial ban on who can participate in social, civic and economic activities and who does not.