Some Chinese delegates who are about to gather in this week’s “bicameral” will propose a “vaccine passport” to partially restore normal life.
The Global Times newspaper today quoted Zhu Zhengfu, a member of the People’s Political Consultative Conference of China (CPPCC), saying that the country should promote the recognition of the “vaccine passport” to pave the way for economic exchanges and international travel.
Zhu also told Global Times, of People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, that international visitors to the country may be exempt from quarantine requirements if they test negative nucleic acids. with nCoV and have a “vaccine passport”.
Congressman Witman Hung Wai-man is also expected to propose to the central government to issue a “vaccine passport”, which is recognized in both mainland and Hong Kong. Hong Kong residents who own a “vaccine passport” and have a negative nucleic acid test result for nCoV can travel to the mainland without isolation.
Delegates’ statements were made in the context of a meeting of the “bicameral” meeting of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC), the Chinese parliament, and the country’s leading political advisory body. CPPCC countries, which will begin on March 6 and March 5, respectively.
Delegates attending the NPC and CPPCC meetings will submit proposals for new laws or regulations for consideration within this time frame, but not all proposals will be approved.
Vaccine passport is a document proving that a person has been vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccine. Some versions of this “passport” also allow to prove the holder has been tested negative for nCoV, thus making travel more convenient. “Vaccine passport” can be displayed as an application on a mobile phone.
The “vaccine passport” was expected to be a tool to bring life back to normal after Covid-19, but was also controversial because of challenges to deploy a globally accepted, protected “passport. vaccination’s privacy and easy access to everyone. The fate of those who are not vaccinated is also a barrier to “passport vaccines”.
Ngoc Anh (Follow Reuters)