British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that it was too early to decide whether UK residents would be able to travel abroad this summer amid the uncertainty of the covid-19 pandemic.
Boris Johnson confirmed that his government will test a controversial vaccine passport system – a way for people to prove that they are protected against covid-19 (disease) – as a tool to help return from travel and big events, but did not give any certainty about the date when this model will be ready.
In a statement, hours earlier, the Government announced that it will not lift the travel ban until May 17, admitting that that date may be postponed.
The Government hopes that people will be able to travel to and from the UK for summer holidays this year, but it is still too early to know what will be possible ”, can be read in the official statement.
As soon as travel is resumed, the United Kingdom will classify countries in a system of traffic lights “(green, yellow or red based on the level of vaccinations, infections and new variants of the virus).
The UK recorded almost 127,000 deaths from the new coronavirus, the highest number in Europe, but contamination and deaths have fallen dramatically during the current confinement and since the start of a vaccination campaign that gave the first dose to more than 31 million of people, or six out of 10 adults.
The Government intends to give all adults at least one dose of vaccine by July and hopes that a combination of vaccination and mass testing will allow for socialization in closed environments and the return of large-scale events.
The British are currently prohibited by law from holidaying abroad, under the extraordinary powers that Parliament has given the Government to fight the pandemic.
Now, the Government has announced that it will review a health certification system, known as a vaccine passport, by testing it at a series of events, including football games, comedy shows and marathon races, in which participants will be tested before and later.
The issue of passports for vaccines has been debated worldwide, raising doubts about the legitimacy of governments and employers to have the right to know about people’s health status.
In the UK, the idea is contested by many MPs, from Labor to Conservatives.
Conservative MP Graham Brady, who supports the government, said vaccine passports would be “intrusive, expensive and unnecessary”, while opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said the idea was “non-British”.
However, the Government has already said that vaccine passports were practically unavoidable, since many countries certainly require proof of people’s status in relation to covid-19.
However, the Government said that vaccine passports would never be needed to access “essential public services, public transport and essential goods stores” and that places such as ‘pubs’ and restaurants would not be required to use them at least in the coming years. months.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,853,908 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 131.2 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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