Vaccine passports ditched in UK’s new plan to manage Covid-19 pandemic
By Administrator_ India
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out on Tuesday his plans to manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the winter months, announcing a decision to scrap the introduction of vaccine passports and steps to end some emergency powers.
Johnson, under fire from some in his governing Conservative Party for raising taxes to fix a health and social care crisis, looks set to try to soothe those critics by ditching plans to introduce passports despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases.
Speaking to broadcasters, Health Minister Sajid Javid said he did not anticipate more lockdowns and that the vaccine passports would not be introduced in England, as the government depends instead on vaccines and testing to defend the public.
“Now that we’re entering autumn and winter … the prime minister this week will be setting out our plans to manage Covid over the coming few months and in that we will be making it clear that our vaccine program is working,” Javid told Sky News.
He told the BBC he was not “anticipating any more lockdowns” but would not take the measure off the table, that the government would not go ahead with vaccine passports to allow people to attend mass events and he wanted to “get rid of” PCR tests for travelers as soon as possible.
Javid added the government would remain “cautious”, but “the vaccine program, our testing program, our surveillance program, the new treatments… this is all our wall of defense and whilst there’s a lot of virus around, it is working”.