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PremierLeague-News.Com - Downing Street insists any plans for a vaccine passport system would take time to implement and refuses to put a timeframe on any certification programme
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Prime Minister Boris Johnson is working towards agreeing an international Covid-19 vaccine passport system in time for the summer, paving the way for millions of British holidaymakers to enjoy quarantine-free travel.Mr Johnson has said he is committed to the idea of allowing proof of vaccine certificates to facilitate travel between countries.Mr Johnson will use his presidency of the G7 to hammer out an international agreement on the use of such passports in a bid to allow holidaymakers to travel abroad this summerThe i politics newsletter cut through the noiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.He is due to host the leaders of the G7 in Cornwall on the 11 June, when it is hoped they will be able to sign off on an internationally recognised vaccine certificate system. Read More Boris Johnson can’t ‘guarantee’ lockdown finally ending in June – but is ‘very optimistic’ of hitting target The Government has been in talks with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the subject of vaccine passports for weeks, with both travel and technology firms increasingly hopeful the UK will convince other countries to sign up to the organisation’s model.Downing Street has insisted any plans for an internationally recognised vaccine passport system would take time to implement and were refusing to put a timeframe on any certification programme.A No10 spokesman added: “It’s going to need an international consensus to be built on how to allow for greater foreign travel, and that’s why we’re going to try and do that via the G7, and through other multilateral discussions.“Once more is known about the evidence of vaccines on transmission and their efficacy against new variants, the Government can look to introduce a system to allow vaccinated individuals to travel more freely internationally.
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.The European Union is developing its own proof of vaccination regime, which industry insiders fear will not work alongside the World Health Organisation’s preferred standard for vaccine certification.It comes as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said it has developed a vaccine passport app that could be available “within weeks” to help reopen air travel.Industry sources believe that once the UK gives the green light to Covid-19 passports for use for international travel it will be “inevitable” that they will be used domestically, but added ministers are “frightened to death by the whole topic”. Read More Lockdown roadmap: Boris Johnson announces four stages of easing Covid-19 rules before restrictions end in June No10 is looking at the possibility of converting the NHS Covid-19 app into a digital health passport, which would carry details of vaccinations and negative test results.The NHS app uses facial recognition technology developed by iProov, a UK-based tech firm that has been in discussions with the Government on developing a test and vaccine passport using its software.Andrew Bud, chief executive of iProov, told i the WHO vaccine passport standard would allow proof of immunisation to be shared with border authorities and travel companies seamlessly.“The biggest challenge will be securing international coordination,” Mr Bud added.
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