VACCINES EUROPE – 05 MAY 2021
On 17 March 2021, the European Commission (EC) presented a proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement of citizens within the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic, and ultimately to provide a boost to the EU economy.
Vaccines Europe recognizes the Commission’s efforts in advancing the Digital Green Certificate and supports the Commission’s proposal that the Digital Green Certificate should be fair to all citizens and evidence-based. We believe that, should the Certificate be agreed by the EU Institutions, there is an opportunity to look at it in the context of the proposal from the EU for an EU vaccination card. Thus, the investment made to create the Digital Green Certificate could be used to transition to a system to track broader vaccination status in the EU in the longer term.
1) Digital Green Certificate as a fair and evidence-based tool
The decision to introduce a mechanism to track COVID-19 status to facilitate travel is, of course, the decision of the EU and its Member States. Vaccines Europe supports the harmonized approach proposed for the Digital Green Certificate. To build confidence in consumers, privacy and security of the data collected and exchanged is obviously paramount, and attention should be given to ensuring it is inclusive.