EU to present a legal proposal to create EU vaccine certificate

In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, healthcare workers assist each other inside one of the COVID-19 intensive care units (ICU) of the Moulay Abdellah hospital in Sale, Morocco. Coronavirus has upended life for Morocco's medical workers. They enjoy better medical facilities than in much of Africa but are often short of the equipment available in European hospitals, which also found themselves overwhelmed.

The European Commission will present a legal proposal later this month to create an EU vaccine certificate aimed at facilitating travel.

EU commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas said Monday the 27-nation bloc’s executive arm will unveil its plans on March 17.

Vaccine certificates, which could be used as proof of inoculation and help avoid quarantines, have been a divisive topic because a large majority of EU citizens have not not had access to vaccines so far.

But Schinas said there is now a “convergence” among EU leaders. EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the so-called “Digital Green Pass” will include results of tests for those who have not been offered a coronavirus shot and will respect “data protection, security and privacy.”

Only 11 million European citizens have been “fully vaccinated” and almost 33 million doses injected amid delays in deliveries and vaccine production, according to health commissioner Stella Kyriakides.

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