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WHO rejects vaccination passes planned by the EU Commission

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The World Health Organization (WHO) rejects the vaccination passports planned by the EU Commission. The introduction announced for the summer is “probably inevitable”, said the regional director of WHO Europe, Hans Kluge, of the German “Welt”, “but it is not a recommendation by the WHO”. There are serious concerns: It is uncertain how long the immunity will last. Also, a vaccine “does not necessarily prevent other people from being infected”.

The EU Commission wants to present the draft law for a digital “Green Passport” on March 17th, which will record coronavirus vaccinations, Covid-19 diseases and negative tests. The aim is to find a safe way to lift restrictions and travel in Europe.

The heads of state and government of the European Union had previously agreed to advance plans for a digital vaccination record. The technical requirements should be in place within three months so that people vaccinated against coronavirus can prove their immunization across Europe without forgery.