According to a new collaboration agreement reached on Monday, the World Health Organization will base its global health certification system on the digital COVID pass of the European Union.
In Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and EU Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides signed what they referred to as a “landmark” accord.
At the signing event, Tedros stated that the COVID-19 pandemic “highlighted the value of digital health solutions in facilitating access to health services.”
As a first step in developing a global network of digital health certifications, he said that the EU’s COVID certificate would now become “a global public good.”
He asserted that the network would grow to incorporate items like digitalized worldwide regular immunization cards.
According to a joint statement from the WHO and the EU, it will be intended to enable global travel while also assisting in defending individuals from health dangers, such as potential upcoming pandemics.
This “will be an important part of our efforts to strengthen health systems and to support our member states to better prepare for the next epidemic or pandemic,” Tedros added.
By guaranteeing that people have access to their health data and identification while they move across borders due to conflict, the climate catastrophe, and other emergencies, the network “could also play a crucial role in cross-border humanitarian situations.”