It clarified that in the current epidemiological situation, travelers entering the country without a vaccination certificate, a negative test or recovery from the disease do not need to be exposed to another coronavirus in order to protect the health and lives of citizens. Other tests, it emphasized, have led to the fact that so few infections have been detected that they have no effect on the development of the situation in Finland.
“The requirement for a second test (not to mention the threat of punishment) imposes both costs and inconveniences that cannot be considered proportionate to passengers and makes it more difficult for tourism businesses to recover without justifying the need for the test,” the statement said. statement submitted to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
According to THL, the calculations cited as a basis for requesting a second test are out of date and should be disregarded in the drafting of the law.
However, THL estimates that the Infectious Diseases Act could be supplemented with an emergency brake mechanism in case of new, vaccine-resistant viral mutations.
“The emergency braking mechanism could be used quickly to stop passenger traffic completely for a pre-determined period of time and to introduce mandatory tests at points of entry for all passengers to identify and prevent the spread of new mutations to the country,” it said. .
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is currently preparing a proposal that would expand the sections of the Communicable Diseases Act that regulate entry conditions.
In practice, the Finnish government has already decided that the articles will be retained.
On Monday, THL justified its differing views on the matter on the grounds that health security measures at the entry points have proved to be impossible to prevent the coronavirus and its variants from entering Finland completely. If the temporary clauses are maintained, it added, the law should be supplemented by stating that those who have recovered from the disease and received one vaccine are in the same position as those who have been fully vaccinated.
“Studies both in Finland and elsewhere show that one dose of vaccine provides at least as good protection for people with coronavirus disease as two doses of vaccine for people who have not had the disease.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page