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VACCINES – The idea of a vaccination passport is gaining ground in the minds of the French, but not yet in that of the government. The High Commissioner for Planning, François Bayrou, then the President of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, have already said they are “in favor” of its creation for “specific uses that allow activities to be relaunched”, for example for participation in shows, trade shows or for trips abroad.
Several airlines are also calling for the establishment, as soon as possible, of a digitally downloadable “travel pass” in the form of a pass or an immunity totem. And it is now the turn of the French – finally more and more inclined to be vaccinated against Covid-19 -, to be mostly in favor.
According to an Ifop study published this Sunday, January 17 by The Parisian-Today in France*, 62% of French people are in favor of a compulsory vaccination certificate for people wishing to fly. 60% of them require it to visit vulnerable people in retirement homes or hospitals and 52% to take public transport. Membership is, on the other hand, more measured for entry into middle and high schools – if vaccination is open to those under 18 in the coming months – and theaters (50%).
A disguised way to make the vaccine compulsory?
The government is publicly braking four irons against this proposal. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has so far always excluded it, the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, even spoke on January 10 ofa “shocking” idea, rejected “unanimously” by the actors of the show.
Others see it as a roundabout way of making the vaccine compulsory for the population. In addition, no company can require the vaccination of one of its employees and therefore de facto to present a vaccination passport to work or travel.
What to make a taboo question? The subject is, for the moment, the precursor of any ministry or even under study, explain the various cabinets. “Starting to apply for a vaccination passport, when in terms of pure doses, you do not have enough doses to immunize everyone, it is a fairly unequal principle”, explains Olivier’s office. Véran who does not wish “not to define his health strategy to the rhythm of the Newspapers”. “The priority today is elsewhere”, we add, even if other government sources believe that the idea “will impose itself” once a large part of the population is vaccinated.
The Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, gave a layer this Sunday on franceinfo: “We are very reluctant to this idea”, he explained. “I believe this is a debate that is very premature. Why? First of all, we know that the vaccine is scientifically safe, that it has beneficial effects, but we do not yet know its impact on the transmission of the virus, so we must clarify this point ”before authorizing the implementation of these certificates, he explains.
Differences in Europe and internationally
An opinion similar to that of the WHO which opposes “for the moment” to these certificates. “There are still too many fundamental unknowns in terms of the effectiveness of vaccines to reduce transmission (of the virus) and vaccines are still only available in limited quantities”, recommended Friday the emergency committee of the International organization, adding that proof of vaccination should not exempt from other health precautionary measures.
For her part, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Friday she was in favor of the Greek Prime Minister’s initiative to establish a “mutually recognized certificate” at EU level. Germany is also thinking about it, whereas Israel has already adopted the principle.
Microsoft already in the startings-blocks
In the United States, the initiative to develop a vaccination passport comes from a coalition of IT companies, including Microsoft, healthcare institutions and NGOs, anticipating the potential need for people to have to prove to authorities and businesses that they are vaccinated against Covid-19.
“The goal is to allow individuals to have access to their vaccination record and to use tools like CommonPass (a digital wallet, editor’s note) to return to work and school, to start traveling and living again, while protecting the confidentiality of their data, ”Paul Meyer, head of the Commons Project foundation, said in a statement Thursday.
* Carried out online from January 11 to 12 with a sample of 1,028 people representative of the population aged 18 and over living in metropolitan France.
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