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Health / PODCAST

Vaccine certificates: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

An EU vaccine passport could help us get back to normal sooner, but at what cost?

Despite lingering disagreement between member states, the Commission will soon present its proposal for an EU vaccine passport. The upcoming 'digital green pass' should make it easier for EU citizens to cross borders in time for the summer holidays.

But not everyone is on board; health experts warn there are still too many unknowns about the effectiveness of the existing vaccines, while others worry about the ethical, social, and privacy implications.

With vaccine certificates becoming a potential ethical, technical and political minefield, the Commission and member state governments will have to think through all possible effects and outcomes: What are the benefits of having an EU vaccine certificate? What are the potential pitfalls? And what could be some of the unforeseen, downstream consequences in the long run?

In this episode, EPC analysts try to answer those questions, covering the health, social, freedom of movement and data privacy dimensions of the debate.

With contributions from Greek Minister of Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, and EPC policy analysts Simona Guagliardo, Alberto-Horst Neidhardt and Andreas Aktoudianakis; and Programme Assistant Helena Hahn.

With Rebecca Castermans , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Simona Guagliardo , Andreas Aktoudianakis , Helena Hahn


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Health /
Health is wealth, health is strength

29 June 2016 - European Health Parliament,
European Health Parliament
Sustainability / OP-ED
The corona crisis: A catalyst for climate action?
Annika Hedberg wrote an op-ed for EURACTIVE on how to use corona crisis for greater sustainability. 
Read more here

06 April 2020 - ,

Interview with ARTE
Elizabeth Kuiper was interviewed by ARTE on the European response to the spread of monkeypox. 

You can watch the full report here (in French).

12 August 2022 - ,
ARTE Info Plus
Health / QUOTE
POLITICO Pro Morning Health Care
POLITICO Pro Morning Health Care newsletter cited Elizabeth Kuiper's Flash Analysis on the EU's pharmaceutical strategy. 

Read the newsletter here.

25 May 2023 - ,

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