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Covid 'vaccine passports' update: EU countries to discuss introduction as big tech companies aim to create 'digital passports'

A deal from , 15. Jan. 2021 11:17 am

As reported in The Guardian, EU leaders will meet next week to discuss the introduction of Covid 'vaccine passports' which would allow those who have had the jab to travel freely around Europe.

In a letter to EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotak suggested: "Persons who have been vaccinated should be free to travel."

The discussion is likely to be a hot topic with some EU member states for the scheme while others may oppose it.

However, according to The Times, British vaccination certificates are unlikely to be automatically accepted by the EU so British travellers will likely have to wait a bit longer to go on holiday using a Covid passport scheme.

There are currently no plans to introduce a similar scheme in the UK, although the government has invested in two companies, biometrics firm iProov and cyber security group Mvine, for a pilot scheme.


In further news, a coalition of big health and tech companies are working together to create a digital 'vaccination passport' assuming that governments, holiday companies, airlines and other business will require proof people have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Ideas being discussed include standardising vaccination verifications and even using QR codes linked to an app.

The Vaccination Credential Initiative has big players Microsoft and Oracle onboard so expect to hear more about this in the near future.

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Covid 'vaccine passports' update: EU countries to discuss introduction as big tech companies aim to create 'digital passports'

Covid 'vaccine passports' update: EU countries to discuss introduction as big tech companies aim to create 'digital passports'