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Kenya-UAE flight bans show need for global digital cooperation on Covid

By David Whitehouse
Posted on Thursday, 13 January 2022 10:34

An Emirates aircraft at Dubai International Airport. Adam Scheck/AP/SIPA

The ban by the United Arab Emirates on passenger flights from Kenya shows the need for international digital co-operation on Covid-19 vaccination status, Kefa Nyakundi, CEO of Africa Risk Management Advisors in Nairobi, tells The Africa Report.

The UAE has banned arrivals from Kenya after claims of fake negative test certificates. Kenyans were presenting negative test results yet still testing positive on arrival in the UAE.  Nairobi on Monday responded with a seven-day ban on all inbound and transit passenger flights from the UAE, though cargo is unaffected.

Covid-19 is an “issue of national security” and people are using “all means necessary” to get a compliance document, Nyakundi says. The problem, he says, is that anti-vaxxers still need to travel. “I am still struggling to understand why the entire globe does not have a single portal for tracking vaccinations.”