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Desperate to Revive Tourism, the EU Proposes a Digital COVID-19 Certificate

MIN READMar 18, 2021 | 21:47 GMT

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen discusses the bloc’s proposed Digital Green Certificate during a press conference on March 17, 2021.

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The European Commission’s proposed Digital Green Certificate will have a modest impact on the European Union’s tourism and hospitality sectors in the short term. But lingering questions on how COVID-19 immunity works and data privacy issues could complicate the implementation process. The European Commission unveiled on March 17 a plan to create a Digital Green Certificate with verified information on people’s COVID-19 status. If approved, the certificate will be proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from the virus. The certificate will be available in digital or paper format and will include a QR code to ensure its authenticity. ...

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