UK government proposes pilots for Covid-19 passports as way out of lockdown
April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The UK government plans to trial Covid-19 passports at snooker tournaments, comedy clubs and football games over the coming weeks, it said Saturday.
(CNN)The UK government says it plans to trial Covid-19 passports at snooker tournaments, comedy clubs and soccer matches over the coming weeks.
As the country reopens, ministers hope the "covid-status certification" system will allow those who are vaccinated, have had a recent negative test or a positive test within six months to return to theaters, football matches, cinemas and other events.
Several countries consider some form of Covid-19 status verification as a viable way to make it quick and easy for individuals to attend events or board flights, but critics are worried the passports will harm fundamental freedoms and risk discrimination.
The UK pilot, which will be discussed in detail Monday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will test the effectiveness and transmission risks of the government's reopening plan and starts on April 16 at Liverpool's Hot Water Comedy Club.
"We have made huge strides over the past few months with our vaccine programme and everyone in the country has made huge sacrifices to get us to this stage in our recovery from covid-19," Johnson said in a statement on Saturday.
"We are doing everything we can to enable the reopening of our country so people can return to the events, travel and other things they love as safely as possible, and these reviews will play an important role in allowing this to happen. "
Senior politicians such as former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey were signatories to a statement which said vaccine passports are "divisive and discriminatory. "
"Work is ongoing with clinical and ethical experts to ensure appropriate exemptions for people for whom vaccination is not advised and repeat testing would be difficult," the government said in Saturday's statement.
The American Civil Liberties Union said this week that plans to roll out a standardized vaccine passport must account for social inequalities and privacy rights and anything less is a "nonstarter. " Several organizations and tech companies have already started developing smartphone apps and other digital systems to store and verify vaccination information.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Friday banning the use of Covid-19 passports in the state.
The order prohibits any government entity from issuing vaccine passports and blocks businesses from requiring any such documentation.