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  • EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to overcome travel restrictions in the European Union with a planned digital vaccination certificate.
  • The proof should be called “Digital Green Certificate” and be valid both digitally and in paper form.
  • The future EU vaccination certificate should apply to all EU and Schengen countries - and thus also to Switzerland.

"With this digital certificate we want to help our member states to restore freedom of movement responsibly and safely," said Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels.

The planned certificates are intended to serve as proof of whether an EU citizen has been vaccinated or tested or has recovered from Covid 19 disease. All 27 EU countries should mutually recognize these certificates, said the Commission President.

The EU Commission is also proposing joint steps for a safe and permanent opening after the corona lockdowns in the EU. A common framework for measures ranging from tests and treatments to the exchange of vaccines is planned.

QR code as a central point

The EU Commission calls the planned vaccination certificate "Digital Green Certificate". It should be available both digitally and in paper form. Every person should receive the certificate free of charge.

The central point is a QR code that is supposed to guarantee the security and authenticity of the certificate. Vaccinations, but also the results of PCR tests or rapid antigen tests, as well as surviving Covid-19 disease can be recorded.

The EU Commission wants to develop a technical platform so that the certificates can be checked and recognized in all member states. However, no personal data should be stored or exchanged on this platform.

In principle, it should be left to the states to decide which advantages are granted when traveling with the certificate, for example. However, if you continue to require, for example, quarantine or tests from holders of the certificates, you would have to report this to the EU Commission and all other EU countries and explain the reasons.

Certificate also for Schengen member Switzerland

The future EU vaccination certificate should apply to all EU and Schengen countries - and thus also to Switzerland. This is what EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said when presenting the proposal.

This means that Switzerland can work on the details of this vaccination certificate. The proposal presented by the EU Commission will soon be submitted to the EU and Schengen states.

Since the Schengen Association Agreement between Switzerland and the EU is not dynamic, Switzerland does not have to automatically adopt innovations in the Schengen area - the possibility of a referendum therefore remains.

For example, if Switzerland does not accept the vaccination certificate, this could lead to the Schengen Agreement being terminated.

BAG leaves Switzerland open to participation

The Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) did not want to comment specifically on the EU vaccination pass at the request of the Keystone-SDA agency. Observe the discussions in the EU as well as in the World Health Organization (WHO) about a vaccination certificate and examine "the related questions carefully".

At the moment, “intensive clarifications”, the BAG continued, “which technical solutions promise success for a recognized and forgery-proof proof of vaccination”. Furthermore, it will be checked which legal bases are necessary.

SRF 4 News, March 17, 2021, 5:00 p.m.; sda / dpa / fulu; kurn

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  • Comment from Beppie Hermann (A right green)
    With 3% vaccinated, not many can travel ... In addition, I am convinced that further research results show that tests currently prove even more reliably whether someone is infected or not. See, among others, the report from Quarks.de. In any case, I was surprised to learn that, for example, AstraZeneca only offers around 60% protection, and that it has been shown that in some people antibodies are broken down again after a few weeks, so that no precise information is available about the duration of action.
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  • Comment from Jana Vilim (Jana Vilim)
    The hope that many associate with a vaccination is: At last, lead a normal life again, meet friends, see parents. But the administrative court in Neustadt has thwarted these hopes for the time being. The judges are of the opinion: Even those who have been vaccinated must be quarantined if a member of the household has been infected. Because there is insufficient evidence that the vaccine protection prevents the virus from being passed on.
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