Difficult birth: the EU – Commission announces digital vaccination card for summer18. March 2021
Difficult birth: the EU – Commission announces vaccination card for summer
Brussels, 18. 3.2021
If the EU Commission has its way, every resident of an EU country will receive a digital vaccination certificate from June 1. The main purpose of this is to facilitate travel in times of pandemic. However, it can also serve as a prerequisite for entry into, for example, a museum, airplane or restaurant. The following information will be included: that the person is not infected with a coronavirus, validity of the vaccination, batch number, name of the person vaccinated, date of birth. In addition, current test results and possibly information about a survived corona disease.
The generators are a doctor’s office or a vaccination center. Here, an authorized person creates a 2D barcode that the user can scan with his smartphone. Or – if he does not have a cell phone – he can also receive it as a paper printout. Later scanning is possible. The digital proof of vaccination is cryptographically protected, and – as protection against duplication – tied to the smartphone. A checking app is available for verification. With it, the vaccination status can be scanned as with the barcode of a train ticket. However, proof is also possible with the analog vaccination certificate.
So far so reasonable. But that’s just the surface. A closer look reveals numerous problems.
It would have to be clarified which vaccines are accepted. The answer: all those approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). These are: Biontech/Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca and Johnson&Sohnson. But what about people treated with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and that of the Chinese manufacturer Sinopharm? Answer: Each member state should be free to decide whether or not to recognize certificates of vaccination with these products. Of the EU countries, only the Hungarians have been vaccinated with the two agents that are not approved in the EU. But this can change quickly.
The next problem is the time schedule. The law should be passed by the summer (i.e. June 1). The prerequisite for this is: the member states as well as the EU – Parliament must determine their positions and then negotiate the text of the law with each other. Based on the time it takes to pass EU laws, there is no way that the target date can be met.
Why? Because there are still too many problems to be solved. There is the technical implementation. It is not created for all members but each member determines this for itself. In this case it becomes problematic in Germany, because the necessary data was not stored centrally. Even more important is the following problem: Because of the vaccination crisis as a result of too little vaccine, experts assume that only a few Germans under 40 will have been vaccinated by June 1. What consequences this will have for the mood in the country can hardly be foreseen. Because the vaccinated ones will be able to travel, the not – vaccinated ones must count on the fact that their vacation country refuses them the entry.
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