A proposal to introduce so-called "vaccine passports", to be put forward on March 17th to aid free movement within the bloc, will only be valid with EMA-approved vaccinations. This is reported by Euronews.
EU justice commissioner Didier Reynders made it clear that member states were free to get their citizens vaccinated by other products, but they would not be allocated a licensed travel certificate unless their jab had been from an approved company, of which there are currently four - Pfizer/BioNtech, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson&Johnson.
Southern European countries dependent on tourism, like Greece, Spain and Portugal, support such a system, but their northern EU partners, like Germany, have reservations over whether such certificates would work.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said it would be technically possible to develop a "green pass" within about three months using data indicating whether a person has been vaccinated, tested negative, or is immune after contracting the disease, but that many political issues must first be resolved.
Meanwhile, the officials of the EU plan to include Sputnik V vaccine in the register of drugs that enable the receiving of the so-called coronavirus passport after the vaccination. The document provides the right for free movement within the EU.
“The EU Covid Card/digital green certificate will comprise three documents that will specify if the holder has gotten a vaccine and which one; the results of a coronavirus test if taken; and details on whether they have recovered from a Covid-19 infection,” as the source reported who is familiar with the European Commission’s draft regulation.