Uk News Covid 'passport' app will not be ready for return of international travel, No 10 admits United Kingdom news
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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The NHS app that has been earmarked by ministers to be used as a Covid passport will not be ready in time for when international travel resumes, Downing Street has admitted. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed last week that the smartphone application, which is currently used to book medical appointments and order repeat prescriptions, was being updated to include a person’s Covid-19 status. Under the plans, people would be able to display evidence of their vaccination, a recent test result or whether they had recovered from the virus, using the NHS app. News and analysis, direct from Westminster to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.But No 10 indicated that the app was not ready and officials were working on alternative plans for when international travel resumes on 17 May. It raises the prospect that vaccinated British tourists will have to display evidence of a negative Covid test result to be admitted into countries on the Government’s “green list”, despite the European Commission recommending this week that they be exempt. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “[Mr Shapps] set out the approach we are looking to take.
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.”The spokesman added: “There are other routes to achieving the same end goal. We are working on the app at the moment, at pace, to have it ready and we will be able to confirm ahead of the 17th at the earliest what approaches we will be using.”The Government has discussed using other Covid passports to help reopen travel, such as using the application developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).However, for any Covid passport to work without the risk of forgery, the application will need to have access to NHS databases storing vaccination data. Officials in the Department for Health and Social Care along with NHSX, the health system’s digital arm, are taking the lead on the development of the app, but it is unlikely to be ready until the summer.
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