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EU officially launches digital certificate for COVID-19

The COVID-19 digital certificate from the European Union (EU) It was officially launched today. With this certificate people will be able to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, a recent result of a negative test or a previous infection with COVID-19.

The certificate, which includes a QR code and a digital signature, can be displayed on a digital device or printed. Certified individuals should not have to undergo an additional COVID-19 test or quarantine when traveling in the EU. The certificate only recognizes COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the EU, which include injections of AstraZeneca, Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

The news also indicates that some EU countries have already issued and recognized the digital certificate for COVID-19. Germany, for example, said in mid-June that it had already issued 5 million certificates. There will be a gradual transition period of six weeks for the rest of the EU member countries to come online.

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Non-EU countries, such as the United Kingdom, have started to implement their own systems. England has its own COVID-19 pass through the National Health Service (NHS), which can also show proof of vaccination, recent test result, or past infection. People in Scotland and Wales can get a printed version. The EU does not currently recognize the NHS pass, although some individual countries within the EU do, and that could change as countries work to make the systems compatible.

Some states in the United States (like New York) have their own COVID-19 vaccine certificates. Walmart launched a digital registry for people who were vaccinated in its stores. But there is no national system in the US In March, the Biden administration was working on plans to organize and streamline the various certification projects. Google announced yesterday that it was adding vaccine card support to Android.

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