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European Union Digital COVID certificates (EUDCC) have now been issued to citizens in 17 countries.

The EU Digital Green Certificate, also known as the vaccine passport, provides digital proof that a person was vaccinated against COVID-19. It can be used to verify if a person has received a negative result from a test or is free of the virus.

When the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation comes into effect, the member states will have to begin issuing their first certificates within six months.

The European Commission states that all member countries have issued or verified at least one certificate.

Iceland is the only non EU Schengen area member that has issued the certificate. Liechtenstein (Switzerland) and Norway are technically also ready to connect to EUDCC gateway.

Finland, Hungary and Malta remain in the testing phase for connecting to the EUDCC portal, but all the other members are technically ready.

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

The EDCC aims at facilitating safe and free movement within Europe during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It exempts holders from travel restrictions like quarantine.

THE LARGER CONTEXT

The technical work required for the EUDCC’s creation was completed on 1 Juni and the regulation signed at an official ceremony, 14 June. The regulation will be in effect for 12 months.

Didier Reynders (EU commissioner for justice) said that certificates had been obtained by more than one-million European citizens as of the 9th June.

Jens Spahn, Germany’s health minister, said last week that Germany had issued five million certificates.

Meanwhile in the UK, the government is considering its own vaccine passports for use at large events.

ON THE REPORT

Reynders, said: “The EU Digital COVID Certificate provides European citizens with a common tool to allow them to move freely and safely again. It displays Europe’s technological leader in respecting our values and principle: data privacy, inclusion and proportionality. All member states must use the next week to prepare for the launch of the system on July 1.

Stella Kyriakides was the commissioner for health, food safety and food safety. It is crucial that member states finalize their systems to store, verify, and issue certificates over the coming weeks. This will ensure that the system is ready for the holiday season. EU citizens look forward to returning to the road, and they want to do it safely.

David Sassoli, Ursula von der Leyen, and Antonio Costa, the EU presidents, said that they were proud of their great accomplishment. We all long for a Europe without borders. This EU certificate will allow citizens to once more enjoy one of the most treasured and tangible rights in EU, the right for free movement.

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