EC to present plans for digital health pass 'this month'

03 Mars, 2021, 08:34 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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"The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or overseas - for work or tourism", von der Leyen wrote in a Tweet. "We will submit a legislative proposal in March", she told German lawmakers on Monday.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said in a tweet earlier today that legislation is being prepared for a 'Digital Green Pass.' This will serve to provide proof of vaccination, test-results for 'those who couldn't get vaccine yet, ' or information on COVID-19 recovery.

Southern EU states that heavily rely on their tourism industries have championed the so-called "coronavirus passports".

Von der Leyen said last week that the 27-member bloc expected to vaccinate 70 percent of adults by the end of the summer, after months of problems and friction.

The European Commission will be proposing an EU-wide digital vaccine certificate, providing proof of COVID vaccination.

In a press conference after the decision, she stated "Everyone agreed that we need a digital vaccination certificate".

The proposal will be presented on March 17.

Greece and other Mediterranean nations, have been pushing the European Union to adopt the scheme, in order to unlock global travel for the summer holidays.

Passport next to vaccine certificate
Paper vaccine certificates could soon be a thing of the past when traveling in the EU

Spain and Italy a have also applauded the European Union -wide move, while France and Belgium-where the vaccine rollout has faced hurdles-have both criticized the plan, saying it would only pave the way to discrimination.

Paper vaccine certificates could soon be a thing of the past when traveling in the EU.

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The Italian island of Sardinia, which is now Italy's only restriction-free "white zone" thanks to efforts to control who enters the island, has also said only vaccinated people can disembark.

In the EU, Greece is leading the charge on vaccination passes. This can then be scanned to verify the validity of the certification, detailing which kind of vaccine has been administered, along with the dates of the doses.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, for his part, pressed for a digital pass similar to Israel and pledged a state visit to Tel Aviv along with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen later this month.

Simon Stevens (R), Chief Executive of the NHS, watches as a nurse (C) administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to Frank Naderer (L), 82, at Guy's Hospital in London on December 8, 2020 as the United Kingdom starts its biggest ever vaccination programme. This will allow its holders - people who have received both jabs - to visit bars, work out in gyms, go to concerts, and stay in hotels.

While Greece and Spain are backing the introduction of the certificate Germany is still sceptical.

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