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The government’s COVID-19 travel plan will bring new variants to the UK, experts from the BMJ warn today.

The virologists Jangu Banatvala and Deenan Pillay advise caution in the plans to introduce a traffic light system that allows international travel to be resumed depending on the COVID-19 status of the destination countries.

And they warn that the aviation industry’s current craze for resuming international air travel and international travel and expanding airports needs to be reviewed for environmental degradation. “

They recognize the success of the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination program, which, coupled with public health measures, has eased restrictions and led to plans to reopen international travel.

But they say COVID-19 “is likely to be endemic for the foreseeable future and mathematical modeling scenarios predict the potential for a further surge in infections in the UK later this year.”

They note that the Lancet COVID-19 Commission’s task force has identified the risk of spread through air travel as a priority and stressed that the entire door-to-door travel process should be assessed to minimize the risk of transmission .

While the All Party Group (APPG) on coronavirus has noted long queues at airports, failures have not been separated by red and amber countries and fake COVID-19 test certificates have been identified as significant biosecurity risks.

And despite a successful vaccination program, the current surge in infections in Chile – in part due to easing social distancing and travel restrictions – is “a salutary reminder of the ease with which COVID-19 evades control measures,” they add.

Until our vaccination program is complete and there are significant risks for variants in countries with high transmission levels, “it would not be appropriate to abandon all attempts to restrict imports of new variants into the UK,” they argue.

Most importantly, they say, “We need to consider the urgent and serious global public health threat posed by climate change. We should reduce air travel not only because of COVID-19 but also because of the adverse effects it is having on our climate.” , to reduce.” . “

This year the UK is hosting the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference and expectations for coordinated action to tackle climate change are high. It is urgent to do so, they conclude.

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Opinion: The Covid-19 travel plan allows new variants to Great Britain, blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/05/12/c… variants to Great Britain. Supplied by the British Medical Journal

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