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World Germany starts rolling out a digital EU vaccination pass

15:26  10 june  2021
15:26  10 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Thursday started rolling out a digital vaccination pass that can be used across Europe as the continent is gets ready for the key summer travel season.

Jens Spahn (CDU), Federal Minister of Health, shows the app for the digital vaccination certificate at the regular press conference on the Corona situation in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 10, 2021.  (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Jens Spahn (CDU), Federal Minister of Health, shows the app for the digital vaccination certificate at the regular press conference on the Corona situation in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

The country's health minister said starting this week vaccination centers, doctors practices and pharmacies will gradually start giving out digital passes to fully vaccinated people. The CovPass will let users download proof of their coronavirus vaccination status onto a smartphone app, allowing them easy access to restaurants, museums or other venues that require proof of immunization.

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Jens Spahn (CDU), Federal Minister of Health, shows the Corona Warn app with a sample digital vaccination certificate as well as his own old vaccination certificate at the regular press conference on the Corona situation in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 10, 2021. One of the topics is the digital vaccination certificate. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Jens Spahn (CDU), Federal Minister of Health, shows the Corona Warn app with a sample digital vaccination certificate as well as his own old vaccination certificate at the regular press conference on the Corona situation in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 10, 2021. One of the topics is the digital vaccination certificate. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

The vaccination passport should be available to everyone in Germany who is fully vaccinated by the end of this month, Health Minister Jens Spahn said.

“The goal is that this certificate can also be used in Helsinki, Amsterdam or Mallorca,” Spahn told reporters in Berlin.

People who have already been fully vaccinated in recent weeks will either get a letter with a QR-code they can scan with their phones, or they can contact their doctors or pharmacies to retroactively get the digital pass.

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“By doing so, we in the European Union are setting a cross-border standard that doesn’t exist elsewhere in the world yet,” he said, adding that digital vaccination pass is an important step for the revival of international tourist travel.

The country's disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, reported Thursday that 47% of the population, or about 39.1 million people, have been vaccinated at least once. Almost 24%, or 19.9 million people, are fully vaccinated.

On Wednesday, almost 1.3 million people received a vaccine jab, the second highest daily number since the country started its vaccination campaign late last year.

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Germany hits vaccination milestone but wary of delta variant .
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has now given at least one coronavirus vaccine shot to more than half its population but officials urged people Friday to remain cautious and slow the spread of the more contagious delta variant. COVID-19 infections have declined sharply in Germany over the past few weeks, on some days dropping below 1,000 per day for the first time since September. On Friday, the national disease control center said 1,076 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, and there were only 10.3 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week.

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