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COVID Passports initiative cancelled

The British government is not going through with the introduction of a Coronavirus vaccination certificate in England. That evidence would be needed from the end of this month for visits to nightclubs and other crowded places, but health minister Sajid Javid now says the plan has been cancelled.

‘We’ve looked at it carefully now and while we should keep it up as a possible option, I’m happy to say we’re not going through with it,’ Javid told the press about the criticized plan.

He also said he wanted to stop the mandatory COVID test tests before and after a foreign trip as soon as possible.

Less than a week ago, his colleague Nadhim Zahawi, the ‘Minister for vaccination’, said that the vaccination passports would be in place by the end of September. By that time, all adults would have had the chance to be fully vaccinated. Over 80% of the British from the age of 16 have already had their inoculations.

Javid’s announcement comes a few days before a press conference by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He will announce on Tuesday how the coronavirus will be handled in autumn and winter. The so-called booster shot, an additional coronavirus shot for fully vaccinees, is likely to be mentioned.

The decision of the London Government applies only to England. In Scotland, the plans for vaccination passports are being pursued. On Thursday, the government agreed to the plan to make this evidence mandatory for visitors to nightclubs and music festivals, among other things. The measure shall apply from 1 October.

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

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