EU countries agreed on new vaccine passport with green certificate

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As more countries agree to allow travelers to enter on the condition that they have been vaccinated, it looks like vaccination will be key to going on vacation this summer. Yet, along with vaccinations, it appears that another key feature of summer travel will be vaccine passports, despite their controversial nature.

The governments of the 27 EU member states this week approved technical standards for their vaccine passports, suggesting they could be ready for use in time for summer. Here’s everything you need to know about “digital green certificates”.

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EU Digital Green Certificates – What Are They?

EU Digital green certificate is the term used by the political union to describe what is also called “vaccination passport” or “vaccination certificate”. It is a system that will provide proof that their holders have been vaccinated against Covid-19, have tested negative for it or have recently recovered from the virus, and are therefore considered immune.

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How ready are they to be ready?

This week, EU member states took one step closer to making digital green certificates a reality when governments reached agreement on technical standards for documents. According to a statement released by the EU on Wednesday, the ambassadors met in Brussels during the week to discuss the issue and agreed to support the draft legal text.

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While this is a step in the right direction, there is still a long way to go before it is finally rolled out to EU citizens. The next step will see the matter referred to the European Parliament, where negotiations on the digital green certificate are expected to start towards the end of this month, or at the beginning of May. However, the EU statement reaffirmed the commitment of its member states to prepare the framework in time for the summer.

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The progress was greeted by Antonio Costa, the Prime Minister of Portugal. Speaking about the news this week, he said:

“The current epidemiological situation remains very worrying, but for the future we need to find solutions that work in all Member States. The digital green certificate comes to facilitate security and free movement. This is very important for our citizens, for our societies and for the recovery of our economies. I welcome this first step. This shows that we are ready to engage constructively with the European Parliament and the Commission to continue to move quickly on these proposals, so that the certificate and the system are fully operational this summer. “

In order to get around the slow progress of the EU vaccine passport, some EU countries have taken matters into their own hands and created their own versions. Denmark has created a “corona pass”, allowing people vaccinated or carrying antibodies to go to non-essential stores, while a similar program in France allows Air France flyer to fly between France, Guadeloupe and the Martinique.

What is the EU’s progress on vaccination?

The EU has been marred by supply and production issues with the vaccine rollout, which has seen its member states’ immunization figures lag behind the US and UK. The EU has issued 18 doses of the vaccine per 100 people, while the figure for the US is 50 and the UK it is 55.

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