Europe: The European Commission desires to issue a certificate, dubbed a Digital Green Pass, that will allow individuals who have been immunized to travel and move more deliberately.
On Monday, Ursula von der Leyen, Commission President, tweeted, “the Digital Green Pass should promote Europeans’ lives. The purpose is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad for work or tourism.”
We'll present this month a legislative proposal for a Digital Green Pass. The aim is to provide:
•Proof that a person has been vaccinated
•Results of tests for those who couldn’t get a vaccine yet
•Info on COVID19 recovery
It will respect data protection, security & privacy
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) March 1, 2021
Southern European nations like Greece and Cyprus, whose economies depend prominently on the tourism industry, have been behind the force for such a certificate as they strive to revive their battered tourism sectors.
It’s supposed to take at least three months to establish up a viable system, both in a technical and logistical way. And that’s where all the disputes initiate.
told DW via email. “For Europe, the current plan of action seems to be that around 70% [of the EU population] are to be immunized by the end of the summer.” Even now, only 6% of the EU population has been vaccinated.
According to recent reports, Melinda Mills, director of the Leverhulme Center for Demographic Science at the University of Oxford, “Before vaccine certificates or passports are included, a large amount of the residents would need to be prevented, and a larger group of people would need to have access.”
On the other hand, Commission revealed, the certificate’s scope will go beyond documenting the immunization status and include a person’s broader medical history.
On Monday, Commission spokesman Christian Wigand stated, “We will also be looking at other divisions of information to bypass discrimination of citizens, such as test outcomes and statements of recovery.”
Another commission stated A central ethical solicitude is first to determine who you would eliminate if certificates were offered. Certain people are incapable of having vaccines for medical reasons, such as those with sensitivities or pregnant women. In some nations, certain ethnic minorities are more vaccine reluctant, which would mean that this group could be inadvertently excluded.