Covid: Greek PM asks for European vaccination certificate

With the objective of restoring cross-border travel

12 January, 16:33

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, 12 GEN - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has asked for the creation at a European level of a vaccination certificate to promote cross-border travel that has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, the Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

    Greece, where tourism makes up one fifth of GDP, aims to relaunch travel before the summer season and has already created its own standardized certificate to show that an individual is vaccinated. In a letter to the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Mitsotakis has proposed to extend the scheme to the entire EU. The certificate could be used to board all means of transportation.

    ''Even if we will not make vaccination mandatory or a prerequisite of a trip, people who have been vaccinated should be free to travel. It is urgent to reach a common agreement on how a vaccination certificate should be structured so it is accepted by all member States'', wrote Mitsotakis.

    Greece resisted relatively well to the first wave of the pandemic, but an increase in cases in October was difficult for the healthcare system, weakened by a decennial financial crisis, driving authorities to order a second lockdown in November. So far, the country has registered 145,179 cases and 5,302 deaths.


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