“The official position of the Commission and President von der Leyen that we as the EU can not discriminate by giving travel facilities to vaccinated people without all citizens having access to vaccines”, conveyed today during the daily briefing of the authors in Brussels, the Commission Eric Mammer.
Eric Mamer made it clear once again that the existence and technical characteristics of the certificate are another matter and travel facilities and any other rights are another matter.
In particular, the Chief Representative of the Commission stated the following: “We must not confuse the two issues, we must not confuse them. There are technical studies that are carried out for a period of time indeed, and which examine the technical dimension of a vaccination certificate that could be used on a large scale and the interoperability of the various systems and this is done in collaboration with the WHO. However, there is a second political debate that is taking place and examining the same certificates and the rights that could result from them for some, the rights that they will give to the citizens and we have always said that there is one element that the Member States must keep in mind. during this debate, to have access to vaccines for all citizens in order to avoid discrimination against those who do not have access to vaccinations. In addition, there are other technical issues that we have mentioned, such as how such a system will work, how there will be full mutual recognition, eg that the person presenting the certificate is indeed the one who was vaccinated. “As far as rights are concerned, similarly, we must avoid giving rights by discriminating.”
It is recalled that yesterday the ECDC, the European Center for Disease Control, was clearly opposed to travel facilities for vaccinated. A written statement said: “The ECDC supports” a COVID-19 vaccine certificate that will document whether anyone has received the vaccine, the number of doses and the type of vaccine given, for medical purposes “.
“This is not the same as a vaccine passport that would allow international travelers to be exempted from complying with travel risk reduction measures and for which the ECDC considers that there is insufficient evidence on the effectiveness of vaccination in reducing transmission to exempt travelers with proof of quarantine vaccination and / or testing “, he clarifies.
“Travel measures can complement Community measures (non – pharmaceutical interventions, testing, contact detection, case isolation and contact isolation).
“Unnecessary travel should be avoided,” the agency recommends.
Similarly, Commissioner Gentiloni described the Commission's position on the issue after the Eurogroup. The discussion on travel facilities with a vaccination certificate is premature and no discrimination against citizens can be introduced before vaccines become available to all, said yesterday the Commissioner for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni, after the end of the Eurogroup meeting.
In particular, in connection with the request of some states for travel facilities to vaccinated people with the aim of reviving tourism, Commissioner Gentiloni replied that the discussion on the certificate “is at an early stage”, explaining that “at the moment it concerns only services health – certifies that someone has been vaccinated “, but as he said,” can not be associated with rights “, until” vaccination is guaranteed for all citizens “. He clarified that “we can not discriminate if vaccination is not possible for everyone.” With the recording of the Commissioner, he stated that the President of the Eurogroup, Pascal Donahue, agrees