Foreign Diplomats Want More Data on China’s Vaccines as Beijing Introduces COVID Passport

Although the international community does not neglect China’s initiative to use the so-called digital health certificates in global travel, such issues as lack of data on the Chinese vaccine and digital data transparency could slow the process of vaccine recognition.

On Monday, Diplomatic missions in China received a note and disk containing a decryption key for the Chinese “health certificate for international travel”, also known as a “coronavirus vaccine passport”, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports.

The debate over the “passport” has been raging for months, with several countries coming up with their concepts and visions for the document. China, for its part, was one of the first countries to embrace the idea and upgrade it for digital use. The launch of the so-called “coronavirus vaccine passports” (疫苗护照) was announced after the end of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on March 11.

In general, the concept of passports implies a documented confirmation of a person being inoculated against COVID-19 and/or developed antibodies, which, if mutually recognised by countries, allows international travel. The reality is that countries use different vaccines, so making each country’s ‘passport’ reliable, would require confirmation of the vaccines’ reliability through scientific reviews, etc.

This is where foreign nations are stumbling, when Beijing proposes to use ‘vaccine passports’. The Chinese government has not shared many details on its…

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