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Denmark to develop digital passport proving coronavirus vaccination

"It is absolutely crucial for us to be able to restart Danish society so that companies can get back on track," Denmark's finance minister said

The Danish government is joining forces with business to develop a digital passport that would show whether people have been vaccinated against coronavirus, allowing them to travel and help ease restrictions on public life.

Speaking at a news conference, finance minister Morten Boedskov said that "in three, four months, a digital corona passport will be ready for use in, for example, business travel".

"It is absolutely crucial for us to be able to restart Danish society so that companies can get back on track," he said.

"Many Danish companies are global companies with the whole world as a market."

Before the end of February, citizens in Denmark would be able to view - on a Danish health website - official confirmation of whether they had been vaccinated.

Mr Boedskov said: "It will be the extra passport that you will be able to have on your mobile phone that documents that you have been vaccinated.

"We can be among the first in the world to have it and can show it to the rest of the world."

The presentation was made together with representatives of the main business organisations, the Confederation of Danish Industries, which represents Denmark's major companies, and the Danish Chamber of Commerce.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has been weighing up proposals to issue vaccination certificates to help get travellers to their holiday destinations more quickly and avoid another disastrous summer for Europe's tourism sector.

But the EU's executive arm said that for now such certificates would only be used for medical purposes, to monitor the possible adverse effects of vaccines for instance.

Other similar digital passports are being developed to help travellers securely show they have complied with Covid-19 testing requirements. One, called CommonPass, said it could also track vaccinations.

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