UK Vaccine Passport Get Green Light
According to the Daily Express, two companies have been given the green light to produce COVID-19 passports. The report says that after being vaccinated, citizens will be able to register for the COVID-19 passport that enables them to travel abroad.
A number of high profile political figures support the plans, including the ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Greece’s Prime Minister. The plans are proposed as a way of enabling those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel abroad.
The Vaccine Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has stated that vaccine passports are not planned. Speaking to Andrew Marr, he said: “Vaccine passports would be discriminatory. That is not how we do things. We do it by consent.”
Several nations besides the UK are now considering a COVID-19 vaccination passport. However, several will not pursue them due to the risks of discrimination. The following nations are asking for or administering a COVID vaccine passport:
- Czech Republic
In 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it was looking into an idea of making an internationally accepted e-vaccination certificate. In December, Dr Siddhartha Datta, Europe’s World Health Organization programme manager for diseases preventable by vaccine, said: “We are looking very closely into using technology in our COVID-19 response, one thing we are looking at is how we can work alongside member states to create an electronic certificate.”