Papers, please! New COVID pass plans from WHO

The World Health Organization will use the European Union’s digital COVID pass as a basis for a global health certification system, according to a new partnership deal agreed Monday, June 5 2023.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides signed what they described as a “landmark” agreement in Geneva.

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the value of digital health solutions in facilitating access to health services,” Tedros said at the signing ceremony.

He said the EU’s COVID certificate would now be transformed into “a global public good”, as a first step in the creation of a global digital health certification network.

The network will expand to include things like digitized international routine vaccination cards, he said.