EU to propose Covid-19 vaccine passports in March
The President of the European Commission has announced the presentation, by the end of the month, of a draft “health pass“, designed to reopen the borders in Europe. Its terms have not yet been defined.
It would also include the latest results of a , antigenic or salivary as indications related to vaccination against Covid-19. On March 1, the President of the European Commission announced that a first proposal for a European digital passport would be presented during the month. The latter would be doomed to “simplify the lives of Europeans“, by allowing them to move freely in the countries of the EU, without compulsory quarantine.
“The objective is to gradually allow them to move safely in the European Union or abroad – for work or tourism”, thus maintained Ursula von der Leyen, on Twitter, suggesting that he could be used to circulate in non-European countries.
The pass could also indicate whether a person “can be considered immune because of their health situation, the presence of antibodies,” according to the Commission.
A “health pass” in France “
The concrete terms and other applications of such a pass have not yet been defined. According to, they should be refined and presented on March 17. The only certainty is that it will be designed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. An imperative is given the information of a medical nature that it will contain.
After agreeing in January on the principle of shared standards for this certificate, the heads of state and government pleaded last Thursday in favor of a “common approach”, to create a “platform that would connect the different national solutions “, according to the words of Ursula von der Leyen. The President of the European Commission estimates the duration of this preparatory work with the States at “at least three months”.
In France, Emmanuel Macron spoke of the track of a “health pass”, this time for the reopening of restaurants and cultural places. At the European and national level, the idea of a vaccine passport, which would impose restrictions on unvaccinated people, is ruled out, the vaccine not being compulsory. Above all, such an initiative would be premature. Currently, less than 5% of Europeans have been vaccinated.