The UK reportedly plans to test “coronavirus status certifications” in the coming weeks to determine whether people can return to mass gatherings such as concerts, sporting events and nightclubs.
The Associated Press reports that the trials will gather evidence on how different factors affecting events such as ventilation and social distancing could allow major events to resume, citing British authorities. People attending such events in April and May will need to get tested for coronavirus before and after attending.
British officials are also investigating COVID-19 passports that will show whether or not a person has been vaccinated, recently received a COVID-19 test or has some form of immunity to the virus, either from illness or immunization, the AP reports.
Passes may involve the use of an app or physical notes for those who do not have access to technology.
UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston told reporters that “it is almost certain that the first drivers will not involve any element of certification” and will instead carry out tests before and after the events. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to share more details about the plan on Monday, the AP reports.
“We are doing everything we can to allow the reopening of our country so that people can return to the events, travel and other things they love as safely as possible, and these reviews will play an important role in allowing this to happen.” Johnson said. , according to AP.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Kingdom has confirmed more than 4.3 million cases of coronavirus and more than 126,000 deaths, leaving it as the most affected European country. So far, more than 35 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered.
The idea of coronavirus passports has been a topic of debate in the US, and many Republican lawmakers have spoken out against it. White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiHarris in Tough Frontier Role DeSantis Issues Executive Order Banning Vaccine Passports White House Delays Budget Plan Release MORE It has said that there are currently no plans for a federal mandate requiring people to obtain vaccination credentials and that there will be no centralized federal database.
However, it was reported last week that the White House is working with private companies to develop a standard for vaccine credentials. The Washington Post reports that the initiative will include free apps that can display a scannable code similar to that of an airline boarding pass.