Brussels launches its health passport to facilitate travel in the EU

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The Green Digital Certificate will be free and will contain a QR with information on whether a person has been vaccinated, if they have antibodies or a negative PCR test.

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The European Commission (EC) presented its health passport this Wednesday, baptized with the name of Green Digital Certificate, with which it intends to promote and facilitate travel in the European Union (EU) safely and for the duration of the pandemic.

The certificate will be free, in digital or paper format and will contain a QR code with information on whether a person has vaccinated, if you have antibodies for having passed the covid or a test Negative PCR. With these three options it is sought Do not discriminate to anyone, because those people who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated or have refused will be able to demonstrate their health condition with a PCR or an antigen test, so that all travelers will have the same rights.

The president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, has said that they want to “help the Member States to restore freedom of movement in a reliable way”.

According to the EC proposal, only the licensed vaccines by the European Medicines Agency, although EU countries will be able to decide whether to accept other drugs, such as the Russian Sputnik V or the Chinese Sinopharm.

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The certificate will contain the information in two languages, in the official language of the issuing Member State and in English, in order to guarantee recognition in all EU countries and will be displayed by means of a QR code or on paper, for those who do not have a smartphone.

Brussels thus intends to encourage travel in EU countries – as well as Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein – and asks governments that people who have the digital certificate they are exempted from the obligation to keep quarantine when they arrive at the destination or have a PCR test done. However, Brussels asks countries to justify their decision if they maintain these obligations.

The proposal has yet to receive the approval of the Member States and the European Parliament.

The Spanish Government asks the communities to promote the covid passport

For her part, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has reported that the Spanish Government has already asked the autonomous communities to hold bilateral meetings to implement the certificate and has emphasized that Spain participates in the project “at the highest level” with contributions from the Foreign Ministries, Justice, Transportation and Health, coordinated by the First Vice Presidency of the Executive.

In his appearance after the meeting of the Interterritorial Health Council, Darias insisted that the objective is to facilitate mobility: “it is not about anything other than that, to facilitate mobility, there is no other intention, apart from the use sanitary that the holder may need ”.

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Asked about the apparent contradiction between facilitating European mobility in summer and decreeing a perimeter closure between autonomous communities at Easter, Darias replied that the vaccination certificate is expected to come into operation in summer, when “there will be a very important percentage of vaccinated” .

“We are talking about different times and the vaccination status will also be different,” he added.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate spaces, keep a safe distance, and wash hands.



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