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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has criticized the UK’s “transparency” over vaccine supplies, saying she has “so far no knowledge of UK exports”.
She added “maybe I am wrong and expect their transparency” and demanded that AstraZeneca “honor the contract” they have concluded with the EU.
His comments to reporters cast new doubt on hopes for a resolution between the UK and the EU, which yesterday released a joint statement saying they want to create a ‘win-win situation’ and ‘expand the ‘offer of vaccines for all’.
Meanwhile, the government is considering converting the NHS app into a ‘pub passport’, according to The daily mail.
According to plans which are said to be being reviewed by Michael Gove, ad goers could receive virtual passes confirming that they have received the Covid-19 vaccine, had a recent negative test, or have antibodies.
The app could also be used to allow people to enter other venues and events without the need for social distancing.
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Publicity passports possible, confirms Minister
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said “pub passports” were possible – but not in the near future.
Speaking on Times Radio, he said the government is “taking the time to carefully consider this issue” and that “work is underway” on the passports, but denied the suggestion that it could be done by here the reduction of time restrictions in May.
“At the national level, there is a range of issues that we need to resolve, this work is ongoing and he will report back later,” he said.
“But if we go this route, we don’t expect it to be in the short term. … We are taking the time to carefully consider this issue. It is a complex question. ”
Joanna Taylor26 mars 2021 09:21
‘Pub Passports’ Could Be the Future of Indoor Mixing
“Pub passports” could be the future of social contact indoors.
According to reports in The temperature and The daily mail, the government plans to issue short-term passes to people with sufficient immunity to viruses, allowing them to enter pubs, restaurants and other places without the need for social distancing.
Plans which are said to be under consideration by Michael Gove include converting the NHS app into a site for these digital certificates which could be issued for as little as 24 hours and antibody tests performed on the blood of a person to determine if she is sufficiently immune to Covid.
Digital certificates could be issued to those who have received the Covid-19 vaccine or to those who have recently received a negative Covid test.
The plans, if announced to the public, are likely to be pushed back. The “vaccine passport” proposals have proven to be controversial on several occasions, as scientists and governments around the world debate their practical and ethical issues and implications.
Joanna Taylor26 mars 2021 09:10
EU says UK is not transparent on vaccine exports
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen took a hit on UK ‘transparency’ over vaccine exports, just a day after the row appeared to start to subside.
Yesterday, the UK and the EU issued a joint statement in which they hoped to create a “win-win situation” on vaccines.
But today Ms Von der Leyen said she had ‘so far no knowledge of UK exports’, adding’ maybe I’m wrong and [am] while waiting for their transparency ”.
She also called on AstraZeneca to “honor the contract” with the EU at an online summit of its leaders.
Ms Von der Leyen said AstraZeneca “must catch up, must honor the contract it has concluded with European member states, before it can start exporting vaccines again”.
She added: “We have global supply chains that need to be intact and it is of the utmost importance that we return to an attitude of openness.”
Earlier this month, the EU adopted a policy allowing member states to block vaccine shipments for export if additional injections are needed within the bloc.
It came amid a fierce vaccine dispute between the UK, which says it has been more successful in securing contracts, and the EU, which believes Britain should share more of its larger resources with the continent.
Joanna Taylor26 mars 2021 08:46
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