Sweden announced on Thursday that it would start developing digital vaccine certificates to be used for travel and possibly more after Denmark took a similar move the day before.
The two Nordic countries both said the certificates are intended to allow citizens to travel on board but also hinted that they could potentially be used to check if someone was vaccinated when attending a sporting or cultural event.
“With a digital vaccine certificate, a completed vaccination can be proven quickly and easily,” said the Swedish Minister for Digital Development, Anders Ygeman, in a statement.
The Swedish government hoped to have the infrastructure to issue digital certificates by June.
Denmark, which announced its program the day before, announced that it would first publish a register online that could be accessed to check a person’s vaccination status, which it is expected to have in late February, while a long-term technical one Solution developed.
While the Danish government said it would postpone a final decision on whether the “corona passports” could be used for more than just travel purposes – pending further research into whether vaccinated people could still transmit the virus – the goal is that this is “contributing to a gradual, solid and appropriate reopening of Denmark”.
“In order for us to get Danish society going again, it is absolutely crucial that companies get back on track,” said incumbent Finance Minister Morten Bodskov in a statement
Both countries also said efforts would be made to make the national certificates compatible with the international certificates that are being discussed at the World Health Organization (WHO) and at EU level.
The WHO has launched the idea of digital certificates for the vaccine in the past – but stated in January that they are currently opposed to using it as a requirement for travel.
In January, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, supported the idea of using certificates to identify people who had the sting, but added that “this must be a political and legal decision, whether this is priority or access granted certain goods “is discussed at European level. “
Christian Wigand, a spokesman for the Commission, reiterated to reporters on Thursday that the issue “was discussed between heads of state and government at the last European Council and that work on a standardized, interoperable form of evidence for vaccination for medical purposes should continue will “.
When asked if the countries could advance individually, Wigand said simply: “We have always pushed for more coordination, we will continue to do so, especially when it comes to travel and travel restrictions.”
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