Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany announced to other EU leaders during Thursday’s Zoom meeting on the EU response to Coronavirus that there is a unanimous agreement within the European Union on implementing a coronavirus vaccine passport. It is not clear whether the other 26 leaders agreed with Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel of their own volition or if she simply told them, “Ve haff vays of making you understand der German vay iss der only vay.”
Merkel said that such a system could be implemented as soon as the summer, but claimed that the introduction of a vaccine passport “does not mean that only those who have a vaccination passport are allowed to travel,” according to the German broadcaster DW. If people who do not have a vaccine passport are allowed to travel it is difficult to understand what the point of introducing them would be. On the other hand it’s difficult to see how countries like Spain, Portugal and Greece, with economies that benefit from tourism would want to turn awau thousands of visitors with money to spend.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised Israel’s implementation of ‘Green Passes’, a system in which the government tracks and documents an individual’s vaccination history in order to facilitate travel or to attend synagogues, theatres, concerts, or to go to the gym. While Merkel and von der Leyen the EU might harbour ambitions of establishing the kind of police state regulation operated in Israel such authoritarianism would be unlikely to play well in nations like France, Hungary, Poland, Netherlands and Belgium where Germany’s authoritarian tendencies are still regarded with deep suspicion.
While there has so far been no agreement within the EU as far as a standardised system, von der Leyen said that the Commission is working to craft a “gateway for interoperability between nations.” Knowing the way the EU works it is difficult to see a standard procedure being agreed by summer 2021 …….. or by summer 2041 for that matter.
The embattled EU commission president did however note that member states will “have to act fast” in order to implement a vaccine passport for this summer. To date, the European Union has only inoculated eight per cent of its population, compared to nearly 30 per cent in Brexit Britain. It must be remembered thatthe British figure is somwhat distorted because the government is counting all those offered the vaccine as being vaccinated, to admit that around 20% are refusing the shot would destroy the credibility of te “Britain’s Vaccine Miracle” narrative.
The failure across EU member states to vaccinate a significant portion of the population has led to concerns that vaccine passports would be discriminatory. Merkel admitted the concern this week, saying: “As long as the number of those who have been vaccinated is still so much smaller than the number who are waiting for vaccination, the state should not treat the two groups differently.”RELATED: