Danish gov't to launch digital coronavirus passport for reopening

2021-02-03 14:36:44 GMT2021-02-03 22:36:44(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

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COPENHAGEN, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Danish government is to launch a digital coronavirus passport in collaboration with business and culture departments at the end of February to "contribute to a gradual, sound and appropriate reopening in Denmark," according to a press release from the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday.

"It is absolutely crucial for us to be able to restart Danish society that companies can get back on track. The government is therefore quickly launching a solution that can be used in connection with travel, and will also investigate the possibility of making a digital corona passport that can be used in several contexts," said acting Minister of Finance Morten Bodskov in the press release.

The press release explained that the coronavirus passport will document vaccination against COVID-19 in connection with travel.

"We are making sure that the technology is in place for changed conditions," added Dan Jorgensen, acting Minister of Trade and Industry.

The government will only later take a final decision on whether the digital coronavirus passport should be used for purposes other than travel in the reopening of Denmark, noted the press release.

According to the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Denmark registered 425 new COVID-19 infections and a further 10 deaths in the past 24 hours. To date, the country has reported 199,782 COVID-19 cases and 2,170 deaths.

As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in many European countries with the already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.

Meanwhile, 237 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide -- 63 of them in clinical trials -- in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on Jan. 29. Enditem