EU launches Digital COVID-19 certificate but only for approved vaccines

The European Union recently launched its digital COVID-19 certificate, which will allow users to show verified proof of vaccination against the coronavirus disease, a recent negative test result, or past COVID-19 infection.

The certificate, which shall be used by 21 EU member states, should allow most travelers to move within the bloc without having to navigate complicated testing and quarantine rules.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, “This certificate is a symbol of an open and digital Europe. We developed this certificate in record time, it will make travel in our union easier and it will give Europeans back the freedoms they value and cherish so much.”

The system is designed to recognize and verify COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued by all EU countries. For those who are not yet fully vaccinated, proof of immunity or a recent negative test result can also grant the ability to travel across borders.

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