Madness is coming. Digital certificates can no longer be circulated without them
Earlier this week, the European Council adopted a recommendation not to disconnect from the World Health Organization’s global digital health certificate network on June 30, as it will be implemented this year. The European Council showed that it would be needed for diseases other than Covid or for other applications in the healthcare environment.
The European Council yesterday took the first concrete step towards a global digital health certificate, adopting a recommendation to ensure a smooth transition of the Covid-19 certification system to the new global network.
“This recommendation encourages Member States to join, adopt and participate in the further development of the WHO Global Digital Health Certification Network. Member States are encouraged to remain connected to the EU Gateway (the EU’s existing digital infrastructure for certification verification) until they join it and by the end of the year. The Health Certification Network will integrate the technology developed in the EU’s Covid Digital Certificates. Member States are encouraged to connect to the Global Digital Health Certification Network being established by the WHO. However, it is up to Member States to decide if and when to connect,” the European Council said.
According to the organization, once connected to the network, Member States are encouraged to issue and accept Covid-19 certificates in accordance with the network’s requirements, particularly during a public health emergency declared of international concern, to follow and participate in the further development of the WHO Global Digital Health Certificate Network, expansion to other diseases beyond Covid-19 or Such as other applications in the healthcare environment. At the same time, the European Council asked member states to continue to connect to the EU gateway and to continue issuing uniform certificates of the EU Covid Digital Certificate after June 30, 2023.
WHO agreement is approaching
On 1 December 2021, the 194 members of the World Health Organization (WHO) reached a consensus to begin the process of developing and negotiating a convention, agreement or other international instrument under the World Health Organization Constitution on pandemic prevention, preparedness and Response The Council of Europe argues that the International Agreement on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response, adopted within the framework of the World Health Organization (WHO), will help countries around the world strengthen national, regional and global capacities and resilience in relation to future pandemics. “This agreement will ensure increased, sustained and long-term political commitment at the level of government or heads of government around the world, define clear processes and tasks, increase and encourage long-term support from the public and private sectors at all levels. Integrate health-related aspects in all relevant policy areas”, Council of Europe believes.
An international agreement focuses on early detection and prevention of epidemics, resilience to future epidemics, response to future epidemics, particularly by ensuring universal and equitable access to medical solutions such as vaccines, drugs and diagnostic methods, and the Council of Europe shows. According to the company, the agreement will create a strong international health framework, with WHO as the global health coordinating body, and a “one health” approach that establishes connections between the health of people, animals and our planet. “More precisely, such an instrument could strengthen international cooperation in several priority areas such as monitoring, warnings and response, but more generally, trust in the international health system”, the European Council added. At the same time, the introduction of multiple warning levels related to the level of health threat presents an advantage, which improves the accuracy of communication regarding threats to public health and increases the transparency and legitimacy of control or health-related measures. .
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