France working on Covid-19 health pass – Government spokesperson
France is working on a digital health pass to allow people to resume leisure activities and travel, a French Government spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Speaking after a recent cabinet meeting, Gabriel Attal told reporters that the digital health passes would allow people to resume certain leisure activities in France, such as going to museums, restaurants, sports centres and travelling overseas, in the coming months.
The idea is also being considered at a European level to facilitate travel between different countries in Europe and possibly beyond.
Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron said introducing vaccine passports would be unfair because they would discriminate against certain groups, such as the young, in particular, who aren’t eligible to be vaccinated yet.
However, Macron said he is in favor of a “health pass” that would also include whether a person has antibodies from getting COVID-19 or the results of a negative test, and could be used to get access to restaurants or other venues.
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