European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed that Brussels is set to propose a digital vaccination passport across the EU that will “provide proof that a person has been vaccinated” against Covid-19.
The UK and the EU plan to discuss the bloc’s proposal to create a vaccine passport as the British government considers creating a system to allow people who have had a jab to travel more freely abroad.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that his government is looking at the issue of introducing vaccine passports for people who cooperate with London on this issue.
They did not elaborate on when the UK government’s review on the matter will wrap up, but said that of course you can expect the British government to speak to the EU and other countries on how they may implement any similar sorts of policies.
The [so-called] digital green pass should facilitate Europeans’ lives. The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad for work or promote tourism.
The announcement came as a number of countries badly hit by COVID-19-related downturns in the tourism industry, such as Israel and Greece, have already adopted vaccine certificates, while Sweden and Denmark have entered talks on developing similar measures.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that most EU nations agreed that a digital vaccination certificate may be needed by the summer, which is expected to allow people to travel more freely in time for holidays.
Some nations in the 27-member bloc, however, have opposed the measures, with France stating it would be too early to permit vaccination passports due to weak data on vaccine efficacy.
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