GREECE LAUNCHES DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE
Formerly referred to as the EU Digital Green Certificate, others will be expected to follow suit when its functions are deployed continent wide by the 1st of July.
The certificate is available in digital or paper form and is free of charge. The gateway allows for all certificates’ QR codes to be accessed. The EU Digital COVID Certificate attests that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus, has had a recent negative test result, or has recovered from infection.
It is worth mentioning that it would take 11 billion vaccines to bring all countries in the globe up to 70% vaccinated, at which point the virus could technically be classified as contained. This percentage is necessary to stop further deaths and mutations. The European Commission is aiming for 70 per cent of the bloc’s 450 million residents to have received at least one dose of the vaccine by late July.
The EU Commission came up with the idea for the creation of the EU Digital COVID Certificate to facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The technical backbone of the EU system went live after the political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the regulation governing the certificate on 20 May.
As the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides, has said: «EU citizens are looking forward to travelling again, and they want to do so safely. Having an EU certificate is a crucial step on the way».