Following the corona virus: the WHO launches an international digital health certificate

Following the corona virus: the WHO launches an international digital health certificate

2023-06-08 12:07:42

The World Health Organization and the European Commission announced earlier this week (Mon) the launch of a joint digital health project. As part of the project, the World Health Organization will establish a global system that will help mobility in the world and protection against epidemics based on the European Union’s system of digital certificates issued during the Corona epidemic.

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This is the first step in the WHO Global Digital Health Certification NetworkJ(GDHCN) that will develop a wide range of digital products.

“Building on the successful digital certification network of the European Union, the World Health Organization aims to offer all WHO member states access to an open source digital health tool, based on the principles of equity, innovation, transparency and data protection and privacy,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom G. Braisos, CEO of the organization. “The goal of new digital health products currently in development is to help people everywhere receive quality health care more quickly and efficiently.”

The partnership will include the development, management and implementation of the collaboration system of the WHO GDHCN and the European Commission with 80 countries and territories connected to the EU digital COVID-19 certificate. The certificate will help in the fight against epidemics and at the same time will facilitate the field of travel and tourism.

One of the main tools in the European Union’s fight against the corona epidemic was digital COVID certificates in which the immune status of citizens was indicated. To facilitate free movement within its borders, the European Union quickly created digitally executable certificates (COVID Certificates) based on open source that enabled the exchange of information between countries outside the European Union and these have become the most common solution worldwide in the context of preventing the spread of the virus.

Since the beginning of the Corona epidemic, the World Health Organization has defined general guidelines for such certificates. The cooperation with the European Commission will facilitate the process of creating such certificates worldwide under its roof with the aim of allowing the world to enjoy the unification of digital certificates, including standard definition and verification of digital signatures to prevent fraud. In doing so, the WHO will not have access to any basic personal data, which will continue to be the exclusive property of governments.

This partnership will work for the technical development of the World Health Organization system with a step-by-step approach that will enable additional uses in the future, such as the digitization of the international certificate for vaccination or prevention. Special attention will be paid to equal opportunities for the participation of low- and middle-income countries most in need of protection.

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