“We are very reluctant. ” The government is more than skeptical about the establishment of a European vaccine passport and believes that the issue should not be on the menu of the European Council next week, said, Sunday, January 17, Clément Beaune, Secretary of State to European affairs. “If we are talking about a piece of paper, a document which authorizes you to travel to Europe, I believe it is very premature”, he said on Franceinfo.
“It is a debate that does not need to be and it would be shocking, while this vaccination campaign is still beginning everywhere in Europe, if there are more important rights for some than for others. . It is not our conception of protection and access to vaccines ”, added the Secretary of State for European Affairs. “It’s an idea (…) on which France considers that we should not open the debate now. When access to the vaccine is generalized, it will be a different subject ”, insisted Clément Beaune.
The head of the Greek government, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called on the European Union on Tuesday to adopt a certificate “Standardized” vaccination program to boost the tourism industry, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Greece has already developed its own health certificate to prove that one has been vaccinated.
“While we are not going to make vaccination mandatory or make it a prerequisite for travel, those vaccinated should be free to travel”, thus estimated the Greek Prime Minister in a letter addressed to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
According to her, the European Commission is in favor of this idea which divides the Twenty-Seven (Malta is for example favorable, while the Netherlands are more reluctant). Ursula von der Leyen for her part evokes a “Medical imperative”. Conversely, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared itself against it. ” for the time being “ on a planetary scale.
Clément Beaune also mentioned the situation of frontier workers – 350,000 French according to him. “We plan to strengthen control measures within the European area”, he said, assuring that there would be no closure of the borders of the Schengen area. “We also check the type of tests that we may require. We are considering a list of antigenic tests that would be recognized throughout Europe. Today this is not yet the case. “
Six in ten French people say they are in favor of compulsory vaccination to take a plane abroad or visit a vulnerable person in an nursing home or a hospital, according to the Ifop survey conducted for Le Parisien Sunday. Still according to Ifop, the French are now 54% to want to be vaccinated, an increase of 15 points compared to a previous poll on December 29.