maintenance, relaxation or cancellation of travel conditions

“Whatever the situation, MREs must be able to return to the country without the obligation of a vaccination passport or PCR test. It is their right to see their families and their loved ones. It is true that the risk exists, but the social and human rights side prevails, ” says Dr. Hamdi.

France has lifted the state of health emergency and therefore the restrictions on entry and exit from the country. The move comes as the spread of Covid-19 is still increasing and the virus continues to mutate. For Morocco, the lifting of health restrictions at the borders is not on the agenda, despite a stable epidemiological situation and calls to ease entry and exit conditions. Here are the explanations from the researcher in politics and health systems, Dr. Tayeb Hamdi.

Every time there is an easing of restrictive measures, there is an increase in cases of contamination with Covid-19. This observation, described as normal by Dr. Tayeb Hamdi, a researcher in health policy and systems, therefore does not rule out the risk of seeing the number of infections increase in, for example, France, where the state of health emergency has been lifted. 31 July. “The gatherings and the lifting of barrier measures expose the population to the risk of the spread of Covid, that is a certainty”, insists the expert. The question now is to know the degree of this risk if the restrictions are lifted. According to Dr. Hamdi, it is important to assess these risks and examine the impact, whether it is at the level of public health, the economy or life in society in general. “Any decision to lift the restrictions in connection with the pandemic must take into account the health aspect, but also the economic and social imperatives, especially in this period of global crisis”, notes Dr. Hamdi.

According to him, Morocco, which has handled the pandemic well since its outbreak, can act according to several scenarios adapted to the country’s situation. In the case of Morocco, Dr. Hamdi first to confirm that the epidemiological situation is reassuring. “We do not expect a worsening of the epidemiological situation except perhaps in the fall and winter, especially after the spread of the BA.2.75 subvariant and the decline in vaccine immunity. We must therefore expect a likely pressure on the health system during the next winter,” explains the expert. That said, he adds, we will need to monitor this variant, which is circulating keenly in the world. As a result, Dr. Hamdi believes that Morocco should continue to require the vaccination passport or the PCR test to enter the national territory. “Except for France, many countries in the world maintain these sanitary measures at the borders. Morocco will have to do the same to better control the circulation of viruses from outside,” insists the expert.

Thanks to vaccinated people!

According to him, tourism will not be affected by this measure, as in most countries from which tourists come, the vaccination card is still required. However, he believes that the health check at the entrance can be relaxed, or completely abolished, for Moroccans living abroad who want to return to the kingdom for the holidays. “Whatever the situation, Moroccans residing abroad (MRE) must be able to return to the country without the obligation of a vaccination passport or PCR test. It is their right to see their families and their loved ones. It is true that the risk exists, but the social and human rights side prevails,” says Dr. Hamdi.

In order to leave the territory, the public health expert believes that Morocco must retain the obligation to have a complete vaccination passport. “This is a measure to help protect citizens from the risk of developing a serious form of the disease during the journey, but it is also to encourage vaccination. In my opinion, if today we live almost normally, gatherings, reunions etc. it is thanks to the vaccinated. They have in fact enabled Morocco to achieve population immunity, which allows us today, even with a large number of positive cases, to maintain a stable situation and limit serious cases and the saturation of our health system.”, offers the expert welcome. It is an important educational act, he adds, especially in a context where vaccination remains our only weapon against Covid-19.

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