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EU leaders agree to introduce digital vaccination passports by summer

Source : 112 Ukraine

The passport will allow citizens to travel in Europe
13:15, 26 February 2021

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The EU states have come to an agreement on the necessity to introduce digital vaccination passports as Reuters reported citing Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

It is noted that the digital passports on vaccination that allow people to travel in Europe despite the Covid-19 pandemic will be available by summer.

“Everyone agreed that we need a digital vaccination certificate,” Merkel told a press conference on Thursday, adding the EU Commission would need around three months to create the technical basis for such documents.

Related: Over 130 countries have not started vaccination from Covid-19, - UNESCO

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the EU members intend to maintain severe restrictions intensifying efforts on speed up of the vaccines’ supply, according to the statement of the European Council members. The EU countries positively responded to the first plans of COVAX on the distribution of the vaccines in 92 countries with low and middle-income countries.

“We call for work to continue on a common approach to vaccination certificates and will come back to this issue,” the message states.

Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the beginning of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Related: A new coronavirus variant is spreading in New York, researchers report

However, Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) Hans Kluge supposes that the pandemic of coronavirus will end at the beginning of 2022.

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