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We get a new ID card

The coronavirus pandemic has shown the importance of digital solutions in facilitating access to healthcare services. The EU vaccine certificate would be transformed into a “global public good”, said the Director-General of the WHO at the signing ceremony.

According to WHO and the European Commission, the goal of the global digital certification system is to “facilitate mobility and protect citizens worldwide against current and future health threats, including pandemics.” It is the first building block of WHO’s global digital health certification network, which may include a wide range of digital products in the future. According to the WHO director-general, the network will help members of the organization to better prepare for the next epidemic or pandemic. The future global digital certification system “will be based on the principles of fairness, innovation, transparency and protection of data and privacy”.

WHO will not have access to personal data, but will be able to verify the authenticity of the certificates.

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