EU governments must immediately begin technical work to ensure a Covid-19 vaccination certificate system can be introduced across the 27-member bloc by summer. This was announced on Friday by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as Reuters reports.
According to European Commission President, as well as a legal framework, the system requires a common technical infrastructure to ensure that authorities in one member state could be sure that certificates issued by another state were reliable.
The Commission is working with member states on a digital infrastructure to allow the certificates to be authenticated and this work could be completed within three months, von der Leyen noted.
Such passports would provide proof that a person has been vaccinated, test results for those not yet vaccinated and information on recovery for people who have contracted Covid-19.
The EU executive aims to present its plans for a “digital green pass” on March 17 and to cooperate with international organisations to ensure that its system also works beyond the European Union.
Meanwhile, the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will not be registered in Ukraine under any circumstances. It was stated by Health Minister Maksym Stepanov during an hour of questions to the government held in the Verkhovna Rada on March 5.
"The Russian Sputnik V vaccine will not be registered under any circumstances," the minister said.
Responding to a comment that the Russian vaccine was registered in a number of EU countries, Stepanov noted that Russia had not "occupied part of the territory" of those countries.