By: Thomas I. Likness
EBC News Service
(Eagle News) — Canada is developing a vaccine passport for international travel that should be ready by the fall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.
“We are working with the provinces on establishing a formalized certification of vaccine,” said Trudeau. “We will have a more formalized process in line with what countries around the world are doing in order to keep people safe.”
The federal government doesn’t have a central registry of Canadians’ immunization records because health care is a provincial responsibility.
In the interim, Trudeau says the government has come up with a temporary measure at the border for returning travelers.
“In the initial phase we are going to be working with the ArriveCan app in ways that people can upload an image of their proof of vaccination,” he said. “That’s something we will have in place in the coming weeks.”
“We will have a more formalized process in line with what countries around the world are doing in order to keep people safe,” said Trudeau.
But the prime minister says setting global standards for vaccine certification is complex.
“In terms of establishing international norms, in terms of making sure they’re actually approved and usable in all the countries Canadians want to travel to, will take a coordinated effort by the world,” he said.
(Eagle News Service)