Leaders will debate proposal next week; Greek PM says scheme could encourage vaccine take-up

Plans for a vaccine passport to allow people who have had the coronavirus jab to travel freely around Europe will be debated by EU leaders as they meet virtually to coordinate responses to the more contagious Covid variant first identified in the UK.

The proposal is being pushed by the Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, but there are serious doubts in other EU capitals about the wisdom of the move. Concerns were aired during a recent meeting of EU health ministers, and key capitals including Berlin are wary of any system that discriminates between those fortunate enough to have received the vaccine and the rest.

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