French government says no to vaccination passport for now

"Until we have entered a phase of vaccination for the general public, telling people their activity is limited while access to vaccines is not generalised, doesn't work", Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune said. [Cryptographer/Shutterstock]

The creation of a vaccination passport to travel to Europe is a “very premature” debate, Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune told Franceinfo on Sunday, adding that “when access to the vaccine will be generalised, it will be a different matter”.

If the vaccine is “scientifically safe, we do not know (its) impact on the transmission of the virus. Complete clarity must be achieved on this point,” said Beaune, noting that “we are in a phase of increased vaccinations throughout Europe, not only in France.” 

“Until we have entered a phase of vaccination for the general public, telling people their activity is limited while access to vaccines is not generalised doesn’t work”, he added.

According to a poll published by Le Parisien on Sunday, 62% of the French people would support making such vaccination passports compulsory for air travel. 

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis pleaded in favour of a vaccination passport on 12 January, calling for the European Commission to introduce a vaccination certificate in an attempt to revive Greece’s very tourist-dependent economy. 

(Louise Rozès Moscovenko  | EURACTIV.fr)

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