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World Emmanuel Macron wants to prepare for the implementation of a "health pass"

14:03  26 february  2021
14:03  26 february  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Emmanuel Macron veut préparer la mise en place d’un « pass sanitaire » © Copyright 2021, L'Obs

A "health pass" could soon be implemented in France. Emmanuel Macron will hold a meeting with members of the government next week on this subject, with a view to the reopening of cultural places and restaurants closed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The implementation of such an instrument "will pose many technical questions, respect for individual data, organization of our freedoms" and, for that, "we must prepare [it] now technically, politically, legally. », Explained the president during a press conference at the end of the first day of a videoconference between the 27 leaders of the European Union.

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"I feel that there is a lot of confusion sometimes on this subject," he added, insisting that the health pass "will not be linked only to vaccination". Because, he argued, "if we manage to reopen certain places, we cannot condition their access to vaccination, even though we would not have even opened the vaccination to the youngest".

Avoiding European divisions

At the same time, European leaders discussed Thursday (February 25th) the implementation of a vaccination certificate that will "reorganize movement between states more fluidly" when border restrictions are lifted. "We must prevent each country from developing its own system", and for that "work towards a common medical certification", indicated the French president.

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The 27 have asked the European Commission to define common standards for mutual recognition of vaccine certificates. But there is no common position at this stage on what rights they could afford. Greece, anxious to save its tourism industry, submitted in January a proposal to the Commission for the establishment of a European "vaccination certificate" by the summer holidays.

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France has so far been reluctant , believing that it was too early when only a minority of people have access to the vaccine. "If things go better, none of us will accept that in order to attract, for example, tourists, there is a country which is less than the other and which takes risks by bringing in people from the end of the world to fill its hotels, ”warned Emmanuel Macron.

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