There’s quite a buzz growing around COVID-19 vaccine passports in Europe. Several firms developing vaccines have been given permission to develop COVID vaccine passports. This has happened even while there are concerns about discrimination and violation of civil liberties that follows the implementation of COVID vaccine passports.
Among those who support the idea of the COVID vaccine passport are Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister of Greece, and Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the UK. The idea is simple: get vaccinated against COVID-19, and set out to travel the world without restrictions, holding a COVID vaccine passport. It seemed like a good idea for UK immigration too for many.
UK’s vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi insisted that vaccine passports have been implemented by people’s consent and ruled out the vaccine passport to be an option. He has also agreed that vaccine passports would be discriminatory.
Amidst opposition, at least 2 ventures have been started to develop a UK vaccine passport. They, as Telegraph states, are funded by the taxpayer. The following are the funds given to the companies to develop the vaccine passport:
- Logifect – £62,000
- iProov – £75,000
- Mvine – £75,000
Logifect was tasked with the project to create a mobile app that comes in handy to prove a person’s immunity.
Some are voicing the need for developing an effective quarantine system rather than the government backing the idea of a vaccine certificate. A comprehensive quarantine system is what he hinted at.
Meanwhile, there are other countries that have backed or already issued vaccination certificates. These include:
- Czech Republic
Meanwhile, WHO had announced in 2020 that it was considering an internationally-recognized digital vaccine certificate. It’s true that if the COVID vaccine passport is implemented in the UK, British citizens will have to pay £30 to get one.
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