Vaccination passport: Three months for the development of a European system

First agreement on vaccination passes but "there are still political and scientific issues pending" explained the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the end of the last EU summit by videoconference. Among the countries that are holding back, considering the discussion premature, are Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Some European states, such as Sweden, Denmark and Estonia have established - only with internal validity - the issue of a document certifying vaccination, and Hungary has given the green light to a "certificate of immunity" also assigned to those recovered from COVID-19.

"We are confident that we can reach our goal at the end of the summer of vaccinating the 70% of the adult European population, which is 255 million EU citizens ", said the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the end of the last EU summit in videoconference, during which a general agreement was found on the so-called 'vaccination passport‘. 

"We need at least three months for the technical development of an inter-operable European system" for vaccination passports ", the necessary basis for a pass to return to travel, and give a breath of fresh air to economies that live on tourism. ' agreement concerns the use of "a series of minimum data" in the passport "which could be useful for providing information on the alleged immunity" of citizens. 

Confidential information, relating to vaccination, test negativity and possible antibody development, must be "cross-border relevant," he added. The president of the EU Commission insisted on the importance of "developing a European approach" to the vaccine passport system. "If we don't succeed, the bilateral initiatives" of the Member States "will create even more difficulties" and even large companies such as "Google and Apple are ready to offer solutions to the WHO", but it is about sharing "confidential information, so we want to say clearly that we offer a European solution ”. Brussels will continue to dialogue with governments to "progress in this direction by March", added the EU leader, underlining that "the debate must take into account the risk of discrimination" and, at the same time, the fact that "for many EU countries the tourism is extremely important from an economic and social point of view ”. The goal is to avoid "unilateral measures" as suggested by the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and by the Greek Kyriakos Mitsotakis. "We want an EU-wide green passport with which you can travel freely, for business and to go on vacation, as well as finally enjoy cultural events, and more", Explained the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, on Twitter. Kurz is among the leaders contacted by the Greek premier, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, to create a coalition to push the Covid passport initiative, in view of the summer. Greece has reached a bilateral agreement with Israel.

Among the countries that hold back, considering the discussion premature, Germany, Holland, and Belgium.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will bring together members of the government to prepare the "health pass" which will not be a "vaccination passport", in view of the reopening of places of culture and restaurants closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The creation of this new instrument "will pose many technical questions, of respect for individual data, of the organization of our freedoms", said Macron, and for this "we must prepare it from now on technically, politically, legally". "We must avoid - Macron said after the discussion with the leaders of the 27 - that each country develops its own system, working on a common medical certification".

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