The NHS application could be an ‘immunity passport’ for the Covid-19 vaccine allowing a return to normal


The NHS Test and Trace app could be used as a ‘Covid-19 passport’ – allowing people who have been vaccinated to return to ‘normal life’, it has been reported.
This could mean that getting the coronavirus vaccine could become a condition of airline travel.

According to the Times, Dido Harding, chief of Test and Trace, said his team was looking to combine vaccine status with rapid mass test results in the app.

She told an event hosted by the Health Service Journal: “We are working closely with the immunization team to make sure that when we build tools that will allow people to test themselves at home and record them. results of their tests, we build an integrated data architecture. ”

She said the hope was that “in the future, be able to have only one record as a citizen of your test results and whether you have been vaccinated”.

Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have long suggested the idea of ​​a “freedom pass,” which would allow people to return to normalcy if they are vaccinated or have tested negative.

Dido Harding, Head of Tests and Traces

The government announced yesterday that it had obtained an additional 2 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, which tests suggest is 95% effective.

The vaccine has yet to be approved by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), but doses could start shipping next spring if it meets standards.

Asked about the different rates of effectiveness of different vaccines, Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said he would be happy to have any vaccine approved.

He told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC: “Personally, I would be happy to have any vaccine that has undergone regulatory review as these trials are currently underway. If my GP calls me and says I have an approved vaccine, I’m really carrying it. It doesn’t matter which one it is. ”

He said he would be surprised if a vaccine was available next week, but that there could be “an announcement” within the next fortnight.

He said, “We will have to wait and see. Must not be rushed, it must be safe. ”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘Every week we receive more positive news about the range of vaccines in development, and thanks to the work of our task force, the UK has pre-ordered over hundreds of millions. of doses to the most advanced companies in their work.

“This includes the purchase of two million additional doses of Moderna vaccine, on top of the five million we have already obtained.

“With a wide range of vaccine candidates in our portfolio, we are ready to deploy a vaccine if they receive approval from our drug regulator, starting with those that will benefit the most. ”

Business Secretary Alok Sharma added, “It is essential that we continue to strengthen our portfolio of candidate vaccines to ensure we are in the best possible position to protect the public once we see this breakthrough.

“The UK was one of the first countries in Europe to sign a deal with Moderna, and I am delighted that we were able to secure two million more doses of their promising candidate for the UK public. ”

And Kate Bingham, who chairs the government vaccine task force, said: “Since its inception in June, one of the most important stated goals of the vaccine task force has been to ensure access to most promising vaccines in a wide range of technologies – thus increasing the chances of having safe and effective prevention against Covid 19 as soon as possible.

“Moderna’s vaccine has been a significant addition to our portfolio and securing an additional two million doses further adds to the protection we can offer the public to end the pandemic. ”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here