Johnson said the vaccine passport is very useful for international travel or become part of the future.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview on June 30 that he hoped the Group of Seven (G7) leaders’ summit in June would reach a consensus and agreement on COVID-19 vaccine passports and negotiate a global “world treaty. Some officials believe that it is currently impossible to enforce the use of vaccine passports in the United Kingdom through legislative amendments.
In an interview broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Johnson said, “We have to reach agreement on issues such as vaccine passports, proof of negative COVID-19 testing, and so on. There has to be some kind of agreement on how travel and passports work, starting at the G7 level.” Johnson also stressed that discussions on the topic must be a global treaty on pandemic preparedness.
Johnson added that 2020 “is really a terrible year, a terrible time for humanity, as the world becomes fragmented.” “Many countries have been slow to share protective equipment, medicines and vaccines under the mechanism of global cooperation.” He argued that “it must be done better than it is now, and vaccination must be a global undertaking.” He also said it is critical that developing countries have access to vaccine supplies as soon as possible.
In response to Johnson’s aggressive push for vaccine passports, the Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday (5/30) that the UK government is currently abandoning plans to make vaccine passports a legal requirement for participation in major events because there is no legal basis to mandate the use of COVID-19 vaccine passports within the UK. UK officials also believe that it is not possible to amend the law to mandate the use of vaccine passports in the UK.
It is now known that EU representatives from 27 countries have reached a consensus at the 19th meeting and endorsed the proposal of the “EU Executive Committee” to approve the “vaccine passport” system, which is planned to be launched in July, allowing non-EU residents who have received the second dose of the CCP virus vaccine for two weeks to receive the vaccine without having to undergo testing or to participate in the vaccine passport. Non-EU residents can enter and exit some EU countries without the need for testing or quarantine restrictions.
The EU also plans to launch the “EU digital COVID certificate” in July in order to resume travel to countries within the Schengen area in Europe. Only four vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and J&J, are currently available. In addition, Singapore, Israel and other countries have launched similar proof of concept.
The U.S. White House has not previously made clear that it wants to launch vaccine passports, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in an interview on the 28th that the U.S. is closely observing the possibility of using international vaccine passports to “make sure that any vaccine passport we offer will be accepted,” although the Department of Homeland The Department of Homeland Security later clarified again that it is not referring to certificates of vaccination or the like, but is looking at a way to ensure that all Americans can successfully “meet foreign entry requirements” when they leave the country.
This year’s G7 Leaders Summit will be held June 11-13 in Cornwall, U.K. G7 members include the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Italy.