EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: "The work on the vaccine certification will take time and take at least 3 months. So expectations are neither too early and nor too high."
The European Union (EU) aims to work until the summer on a “vaccine certificate” that can allow those vaccinated against the new variant of Coronavirus (Covid-19) to travel freely, then integrate it into the health and border systems of member states.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held a press conference with EU Council President Charles Michel at the end of the first day of the EU Leaders' Summit, where the Covid-19 crisis was discussed.
Von der Leyen stressed that the issue of the vaccine certificate was discussed in detail, and what such a document would be used for is “a political decision that each country will make itself.”
Stating that there is a need for scientific information such as the extent to which infectiousness is prevented, how long the vaccine provides protection; however, promising results started to come from countries such as Israel, Von der Leyen said that in the technical studies about the certificate so far, the document will contain basic medical information such as what type of vaccine was made with a code such as IBAN, where it was made, and that the system should be integrated into health and border systems by EU countries.
Von der Leyen said: "The work on the vaccine certification will take time and take at least 3 months. So expectations are neither too early and nor too high."
Noting that the certificate will include information such as negative PCR test result, whether the person infected with Covid-19 and whether the body creates antibodies, apart from the vaccination information, Von der Leyen said, “If we want to implement such a certificate until the summer, member countries should act quickly in its distribution to health and border control systems, rather than consensus on principles and the technology to be used.”