Developed countries are bringing the ‘vaccine passport’ to the screen in the context of corona. That is, only those with a future vaccine passport will be allowed into their countries. This vaccine passport is an accurate proof that a person has been vaccinated. However, there are concerns that countries like India, which have large populations and are still on the developing list, may have implications for not having a ‘vaccine passport’. Recently, Union Minister Harshavardhan expressed a similar view.
Harshavardhan participated in the G7 Plus ministerial session on Friday (June 4) ahead of the G7 summit. On this occasion, he strongly opposed the issue of ‘vaccine passport’. Adequate vaccine coverage for the population in developing countries is still low compared to developed countries. At such a juncture, bringing in a vaccine passport would not discriminate against developing countries. ‘ Said Harshavardhan.
The G7 summit will be held on June 11-13. These include Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Britain. This time British Prime Minister Boris Johnson invited India to the conference. Boris Johnson is preparing to propose the vaccine passport issue at this conference. Last week he suggested that international travel could be made easier with a vaccine passport.
Since all G7 member countries are generally developed countries, those countries may not object to a vaccine passport. But for countries like India it is likely to become an impediment. The covagin vaccine given in India is still not WHO approved. The vaccination process in the country is still in its infancy. Mandating a vaccine passport at such a juncture would put a brake on travelers traveling abroad from India. It is against this background that the Center is objecting to this. It remains to be seen whether the G7 countries will consider India’s objection.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has expressed India’s concern over the issue of “vaccine passport” proposed by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 Summit.
Story first published: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 1:23 [IST]