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Vaccine passport: WHO is reluctant but there’s hope China can be a pathfinder

Passengers scan health code at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport after landing in October. Photo: cnsphoto

Passengers scan health code at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport after landing in October. Photo: cnsphoto

China and its partners that are promoting regional health code recognition can be pathfinders for a global vaccine passport program in the future, Chinese experts said, adding that although WHO had reservations over vaccine passports, China’s efforts do not conflict with WHO’s stance. 

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that China and South Korea will coordinate and establish a mechanism for the mutual recognition of their health codes, in a move that would help further normalize bilateral business and tourism activities.

On the same day, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a press conference that “We as the…

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