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EU Commission sets out Vaccination Pass to allow free travel by summer

The European Union’s executive body on Wednesday proposed the introduction of coronavirus pass to let its 450 million residents travel freely across the 27-nation bloc by the summer.

The plan, which will be discussed next week during a summit of EU leaders, foresees the creation of vaccine certificates aimed at facilitating travel from one member state to the other.

President of European Commission Ursula von den Leyen posted on Twitter:

To secure the agreement of all member states, the European Commission proposed that its so-called “Digital Green Certificates,” which should be free of charge, would be delivered to EU residents who can prove they have been vaccinated, but also to those who tested negative for the virus or have proof they recovered from it.

During the press conference, von der Leyen said that the Certificate will be a “temporary” one.

The Green Vaccination Pass will be in digital and paper version.

The Pass should not be understood as a means to make vaccination obligatory, said Commission Vice Margaritis Schinas. In an interview with euronews later, Schinas said the certificate will be in circulation by June 1.

More information on the Certificate at EU’s website “Digital Green Certificate Fact Sheet” here.

The topic has been discussed for weeks and proved to be a divisive topic. The travel industry and southern European countries dependent on tourism like Greece and Spain have been pushing for the quick introduction of the measure, which could help avoid quarantines and testing requirements.

But several member states, including France, argued that it would be premature and discriminatory to introduce such passes since a large majority of EU citizens haven’t had access to vaccines so far.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hailed the decision with a tweet:

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6 comments

  1. I can understand issuing such a pass to someone who has received the vaccine, perhaps after a short delay to allow them to develop antibodies. I can understand issuing such a pass to someone who has recovered, since they will have developed antibodies naturally. Both these should be relatively immune to the virus for an extended period of time. I cannot understand, however, the logic of issuing such a pass to someone who has a negative test. They could be negative today and positive tomorrow.

    • The issuing of such a pass to someone who has a negative test is the result of the lobbying of the political correctness group that sees discrimination everywhere

  2. As the “vaccine” treatments are not shown to definitively prevent infection nor prevent transmission of the virus (only reducing symptoms), by the introduction of these passes are we not merely legitimising the travel of potential asymptomatic spreaders?

  3. @ Warwick re negative tests. Correct, witness the numbers of +ve identified at the entry points every day, all of whom have -ve test certs from thier home countries.
    Those +ves are a result of random testing. What percentage are tested? How many +ves are passing through undetected?
    If total number of border arrivals and % tested were known then an estimate of unknown +ves could be extrapolated.
    If I remember correctly, last summer on average only 11-12% of arrivals were being tested at border points. This would have allowed in a potentially huge number of unknown +ves to “seed” a largely unexposed population in Greece.

  4. During the press conference, von der Leyen said that the Certificate will be a “temporary” one.

    Everything is always TEMPORARY, of course… this is an affront to the idea of schengen, to cross borders freely.

    Why are we accepting this future.

    • ….Not to mention how this Vaccine Passport will be used.

      They call it a ‘passport’, but will we need to carry it all times in our home country? To go to a restaurant or the Supermarket? No, we won’t just need it to cross borders as the police will have the right to ask us for it at any time.

      Welcome to our new world… a police state. Add to this the Prime Minister of this country saying that social media is an affront to democracy.