More than a million Europeans have received the new EU COVID health certificate that is being rolled out to unblock travel within the bloc, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders announced the figure in the European Parliament ahead of a vote to enshrine the document in law in time for the continent’s all-important summer tourist season.
It is expected to be approved by a large majority following an agreement between MEPs and the 27 EU member states on the details, with the result of the vote known in the early hours of Wednesday.
He certificate—To show the carrier’s immunity to COVID-19 through vaccination or previous infection or its negative test status – should be used for travel within the EU from 1 July, ignoring the need for quarantine or subsequent testing for travelers.
But the commission wants as many EU countries as possible to start as soon as possible.
“The more certificates we can issue, the easier the process will be during the summer; otherwise, we risk Big Bang on the first of July, something we can’t afford, ”Reynders said.
As of Tuesday, nine EU countries were already issuing the documents, including the sunny tourist destinations of Greece, Spain and Croatia, as well as the bloc’s main source of tourists, Germany.
Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania and Poland were the others.
“More than a million citizens have already received these certificates and many more will follow in the coming weeks and months,” Reynders said.
The EU digital COVID certificate can be presented online, for example, on a smartphone or printed on paper.
It includes a QR code to verify it, which border officials and site staff can use to verify digital signatures securely stored on Luxembourg servers.
Certificates only include minimum carrier data to prevent identity wear and EU legislation on their use will expire after one year, so they do not become a device with possible uses of the Big Brother. in the future.
EU legislators and capitals also agreed that, when it comes to vaccination testing, only carnations authorized by the European Medicines Agency (so far those of BioNTech / EU) would be accepted in all EU countries. Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson).
But individual countries may also decide to accept, just for their territory, others, such as one produced by China or Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.
Money and concessions
In order to avoid discrimination against the unvaccinated – in particular the younger Europeans who have not yet been able to access the washes given priority to the elderly – much emphasis has also been placed on testing.
Parliament was unable to conduct COVID tests for free, but withdrew money and concessions from the European Commission to make them more affordable.
Reynders said work was being done to also expand the use of the EU’s COVID digital certificate to be accepted beyond Europe.
Talks have been held with the United States on some sort of mutual recognition of vaccination status.
But we have encountered the problem that there is no federally certified certification in the US, just a myriad of state and private vaccination cards almost impossible to authenticate abroad.
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