COVID VACCINE PASSPORTS

Published: June 23, 2021

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Based on the data by John Hopkins University almost the total U.S population had received one Covid-19 vaccine dose. Therefore, June 22, the number of patients affected by Covid has decreased.
The news made people start doing activities such as live concerts, hanging out and traveling. People who have been vaccinated are not required to wear masks, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention said earlier this month.
Several retailers like Walmart and Costco and hotel chains including Hyatt dropped their mask requirements for vaccinated customers this month, unless it’s required in local rules. U.S. officials have said they are largely relying on people being honest about their vaccine status, and retailers and hotel chains have said they don’t plan to check for a proof of a vaccine.

 

According to CNBC Health & Science latest global coverage of the Covid pandemic:
The fast-spreading delta Covid variant could have different symptoms, experts say Costa Rica rejects delivery of China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, says it is not effective enough. Africa sees 44% spike in new Covid infections, 20% increase in deaths WHO says delta Covid variant has now spread to 80 countries, and it keeps mutating. Officials in charge of overseeing international travel require more than the honor system. Federal officials require U.S.-bound international travelers, including U.S. citizens, to show proof of a negative Covid test result to board flights. A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security said DHS officials don’t check passengers’ Covid test results upon entry but — that is up to the airlines.


 

As airlines like United, Delta and American ramp up trans-Atlantic service, they are encouraging travelers to upload health documents online.The travel industry has urged the Biden administration to create a set of standards for digital health credentials in an effort to lift travel restrictions that have devastated demand for leisure and business trips abroad for more than a year. The administration has said it will leave the task of developing digital health credentials up to the private sector. Federal officials also said they don’t intend to keep a database of vaccination records; that will be left to states.

Enter digital health apps. Sometimes referred to as vaccine passports, several of these platforms are already in development and some in use, including partnerships with airlines and local governments.
A vaccine passport, are platforms for smartphones that allow access to an individual’s health data, such as Covid test results or vaccination status. Travelers from places where endemic diseases such as yellow fever, measles, or tuberculosis remain prevalent have long been required to demonstrate vaccination before traveling abroad.

 

When individuals are vaccinated in the U.S., they are given proof in the form of a CDC-issued card. Airlines, which don’t want staff to have another piece of traveler information to check, are eyeing digitized versions that could easily be scanned.
The vaccine passports are not mandatory but might become more useful as more countries and attractions reopen. This can also speed up the process in the airport.
Countries that have recently opened or plan to open their borders to foreign tourists like Iceland and Greece say travelers must show proof that they are vaccinated against Covid-19 or proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test.


Sveinn Gudmarsson said the certificates may be in paper or electronic format, border control will evaluate whether a certificate is valid and will consult a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist [health care worker] as needed.
The U.S. since January has required all inbound travelers from abroad, including citizens, to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test, even if they are vaccinated.
In California, venues can allow more people in if the establishment verifies that they have been vaccinated.
Digital health certificates have invented concerns over how secure customers’ data will be with third-party apps communicating with databases containing sensitive health information. It has also raised concerns about inequality, since the platforms mainly work on individuals’ smartphones.
The governors of Florida, Texas and Arizona have moved to stop businesses from requiring proof of vaccination from customers. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order last month that bans these certificates as a requirement to receive services and said that vaccinations are the choice of individuals not the government.
Even the World Health Organization said it is against requiring proof of a vaccine to enter another country “given the limited (although growing) evidence about the performance of vaccines in reducing transmission and the persistent inequity in the global vaccine distribution.”
That is still unclear, just as it’s not clear when other Covid-era rules like masks on planes or public transportation will last. Even the travel industry, one of the most devastated by the pandemic, has its reservations.
Willie Walsh, former CEO of British Airways’ parent International Consolidated Airlines Group, and current director-general of IATA, has said he doesn’t want proof of vaccines to become a permanent fixture.
“These are measures that may be necessary as temporary arrangements while we go through this crisis, but once we’re through it, we want to see these restrictions permanently removed so people can get back to traveling as they experienced back in 2019,” he said earlier this month.

 

 

source: www.cnbc.com

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