(BRUSSELS) #Coronavirus Report: France is the first EU member state in ‘Europe-Wide-Scheme’to begin testing a ‘Digital #COVID19 Certificate’ to allow people to travel more freely within the bloc this summer #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – May.03: The TousAntiCovid app, part of the country’s contact tracing programme, has been upgraded to store negative #COVID19 test results on travellers’ mobile phones and is being trialled on flights to Corsica and overseas départements from this week:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – France Becomes First EU Country to Test Digital Coronavirus Vaccine Passport: ‘The trial will be extended from 29 April to include vaccination certificates, officials told Le Monde, and the system could eventually be adopted for public events such as concerts, festivals and trade fairs, although not for bars and restaurants’

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The French trial will form one part of a “reinforced, consolidated and standardised” Europe-wide system, the minister for digital transition, Cédric O, said, with talks already under way with several countries and airlines to ensure early recognition.

The European commissioner for justice, Didier Reynders, said last week he expected the EU’s “digital green certificate” to be operational by by 21 June. The certificate is an urgent priority for southern European member states whose economies have been devastated by the pandemic.

The scheme has deliberately not been called a “vaccine passport” to avoid discriminating against people not yet offered a shot. Brussels has stressed that while it should make travel easier, it must not become a pre-condition of free movement.

The certificate should mean travellers will not need to quarantine and will allow travellers to store on their phones evidence that they have been vaccinated, have recently tested negative, or have antibodies after recovering from Covid-19.

In France, people taking a coronavirus test from Tuesday will receive a text message or email giving them access to a state-certified online document that can be downloaded and either printed off or stored in the TousAntiCovid app.

The same will apply to those being vaccinated from next week, with a complete database of past tests and vaccinations open for download by everyone from mid-May. Antibody test results should be incorporated at a later stage.

The app will generate a secure QR code containing a range of information including the traveller’s name, the date and type of their test or vaccine, and details of the relevant doctor or laboratory, all of which can be checked against a national database.

#AceHealthDesk report …….Published: May.03: 2021:

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The Case of Edward Snowden: Official Identity and the Freedom to Move

Excellent well written article, well worth a read!
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Until World War I, most countries did not require travellers to hold passports as they voyaged between countries. The passport as we now know it came into existence during that war, when European governments wanted to keep out spies and prevent the emigration of skilled citizens. In today’s world of airport security fortresses and terror of immigration, it’s hard to believe that less than a century ago, passports were not required for international travel. People could cross borders without contending with thousand-mile fences or overzealous Border Patrol agents.

I was not aware of these changes!

The Rebel Dove

Edward Snowden, that notorious leaker of state secrets, has lost his passport in a retaliatory move by the American government after revealing classified information about the National Security Administration. Because Snowden, a former NSA contract worker, revealed that the NSA tracks Americans’ phone records, he is now unable to travel between countries. Even though Snowden has left the United States, the American government is still able to control where can travel. Snowden has lost the freedom to travel.

Until World War I, most countries did not require travelers to hold passports as they voyaged between countries. The passport as we now know it came into existence during that war, when European governments wanted to keep out spies and prevent the emigration of skilled citizens. In today’s world of airport security fortresses and terror of immigration, it’s hard to believe that less than a century ago, passports were not required for…

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