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COVID-19: China issues vaccine passport

Tuesday, 9 March 2021 (17:02 IST)
China launched a digital health certificate program Tuesday for travellers who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The “vaccine passport” will show a user’s current vaccination status, as well as COVID-19 test results, and is available with immediate effect via Chinese social media platform WeChat.

The certificate is being distributed in order “to promote world economic recovery and facilitate cross-border travel,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

The international health certificate is currently only available to Chinese citizens.

The travel identification, which is also available in paper form, is thought to be the world’s first “virus passport.”

The United States and Britain are among countries currently considering issuing similar permits, while the European Union is also working on a vaccine “green pass.”

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