European Union: Progress on Vaccine Passports to facilitate business and tourism in Europe

The European Commission has indicated the use of a vaccine card or vaccine passport, a bill is expected to be introduced on March 17. The European Union says that the vaccine cards used in the promotion of tourism will be applicable to the vaccines approved by the Union. EU Commission member Ylva Johansson told the media about the vaccine card that the EU Commission will introduce a draft law on vaccine cards or vaccine passports next week to facilitate business and tourism.

The European Commission’s draft law is expected to be unveiled on March 17, with the approval of the European Council and the European Parliament. The European Union has included in its list the vaccines used by Biotech, Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca so far. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved yesterday, but distribution is expected in April.

France is taking part in a month-long trial of a vaccine passport for air travel. The launch of a month-long pilot for Air France passengers was announced by transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari. Under the scheme, passengers travelling to the French Caribbean territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe, will be able to use the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) AOKpass app to prove either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or negative test result.