Just 24 hours into the European Union’s continentwide rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, leading physicians and politicians are arguing over its moral and societal implications. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, current president of the World Medical Association, and Thomas Mertens, virologist and head of Germany’s Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO), have suggested that one day a kind of vaccine passport could afford people who have been immunized against COVID-19 access to flights, restaurants, concerts and cinemas. Watch video 01:59 Share Germany kicks off vaccination drive Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3nGUg Germany kicks off vaccination drive Montgomery told Deutschlandfunk public radio on Monday morning that though it was too soon to discuss the issue before the vaccine was available to everybody, he would not rule out the notion in principle. After all, as he pointed out, many countries already do not allow travelers to enter unless they are vaccinated against yellow fever. Many Germans already have an “immunization passport” that records all vaccines they have had. Moreover, Germany only recently passed a law that requires all children to be vaccinated against measles before they can go to kindergarten or school. Since attending school is obligatory in Germany, that… Read full this story
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