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Will vaccine passports revive tourism?

The European Union unveils plans for a COVID-19 digital pass to allow travel, but the World Health Organization urges caution.

Most of us have not been able to travel for the past year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But with COVID-19 vaccines rolling out, some governments are looking to welcome tourists again for summer.

The European Union hopes to have a “digital green pass” ready by June.

This would allow people who have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from COVID-19, to travel more freely within the EU bloc.

Countries like Austria want this to be in place as early as next month.

However, the World Health Organization says it is too early, given the slow pace of vaccination in the EU countries and the rise in COVID-19 variants.

Is the idea too premature?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Ulrich Brueckner – Professor for European studies at Stanford University in Berlin

Alex Macheras – Aviation and travel analyst

Muhammad Munir – Virologist and lecturer in biomedicine at Lancaster University