China Launches “Virus Passport”

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By Reuters Staff2 Min Read­FILE PHOTO: Peo­ple walk on a plat­form at Wuhan Rail­way Sta­tion fol­low­ing an out­break of the coro­n­avirus dis­ease (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, Chi­na Feb­ru­ary 3, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter­BEI­JING (Reuters) — Chi­na has launched a dig­i­tal COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tion cer­tifi­cate for its cit­i­zens plan­ning cross-bor­der trav­els, join­ing oth­er coun­tries issu­ing sim­i­lar doc­u­ments as they seek ways to reopen their economies.As vac­cines are glob­al­ly being rolled out, a few coun­tries, includ­ing Bahrain, have already intro­duced cer­tifi­cates iden­ti­fy­ing vac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple and the Euro­pean Union agreed to devel­op vac­cine pass­ports under pres­sure from tourism-depen­dent south­ern countries.The cer­tifi­cate issued by …

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