China Leads The World By Launching A Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate For Domestic Travellers.
China has launched a health certificate program for domestic travellers, leading the world in plans for so-called virus passports that the travel industry hopes will spread to other countries.
The digital certificate, which shows a user’s vaccination status and virus test results, is now available for Chinese citizens via a program on the Chinese social media platform WeChat that was launched on Monday, March 8.
The certificate is being rolled out “to help promote world economic recovery and facilitate cross-border travel,” a foreign ministry spokesman said. However, the international health certificate is currently only available for use by Chinese citizens and it’s use is not yet mandatory for travel.
The certificate, which is also available in paper form, is thought to be the world’s first known “virus passport”. The United States and Britain are among other countries presently considering implementing similar permits.
The European Union is also working on a vaccine “green pass” that would allow citizens to travel between member countries and abroad. China’s program includes an encrypted QR code that allows each country to obtain a travellers’ health information, state media agency Xinhua reported Monday.
“QR health codes” within WeChat and other Chinese smartphone apps are already required to gain entry to domestic transport and many public spaces in China.
The apps track a user’s location using GPS and produce a “green” code — synonymous with good health — if a user has not been in close contact with a confirmed case or has not travelled to a virus hotspot. The certificate is being rolled out “to help promote world economic recovery and facilitate cross-border travel”, a foreign ministry spokesman said.
However, the system has sparked privacy concerns and fears it marks an expansion of government surveillance. It is still mandatory to wear a mask during the pandemic, check out what’s on offer from Amazon- https://amzn.to/3826Rmr
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