BRUSSELS, February 26 – RIA Novosti. A number of open questions remain regarding the introduction of vaccination certificates, it will take at least three months to develop standards, said the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at a press conference following the video summit of the heads of EU countries.
“There are still a number of open questions. One of them is: what such certificates will be used for. <...> The decision on how such a certificate of vaccination can potentially be applied should be decided at the level of each country, but at the EU level, I it seems we could use them to ensure the functioning of the single market, ”she said.
According to the head of the EC, at the end of January, the EU member states, with the support of the European Commission, agreed on which data set should be included in vaccination certificates for medical use. Now, von der Leyen argues, countries need to implement agreements in their health systems and border controls. The EC, for its part, according to the head of the department, can help with the coordination and development of standards for documents confirming the vaccination.
“It will take at least three months. <...> Member countries must act promptly if we want to receive such certificates by the summer,” she said. The spread of coronavirus
Earlier, the leaders of the EU countries in a joint statement following the meeting on the coronavirus agreed to introduce electronic certificates of vaccination. According to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the confirmation of the vaccination will be the basis for entry into the European Union from third countries.
In addition, European heads of state and government noted that they agreed to expedite the approval and production of vaccines. They also stressed that manufacturing companies must ensure predictability in production and supply.
In addition, European leaders spoke in favor of the need to expand opportunities for the early detection and control of new variants of the coronavirus.