Taiwan says COVID ‘passports’ would be a good idea

Date: December 2, 20200
By: Reuters Staff

FILE PHOTO: Notes about quarantine measures can be seen at Songshan Airport, during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Taipei, Taiwan November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang

TAIPEI (Reuters) – COVID-19 “passports” to show peoples’ inoculation and infection history will be hard to do in practice but are a good idea, Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said on Wednesday, offering support to a means to get global travel going again.

Global aviation body IATA said last month it is developing a set of mobile apps to help passengers navigate COVID-19 travel restrictions and securely share test and vaccine certificates with airlines and governments.

That news came shortly after Australian airline Qantas said it would insist in future that international travellers have a COVID-19 vaccination before they fly, describing the move as “a necessity”.

Taiwan has kept the pandemic well under control thanks to early and effective prevention, and has been very cautious about when it may re-open its borders, which are still largely closed to visitors.    [FULL  STORY]

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