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EU Restricts Entry To Unvaccinated Americans. Are Universal COVID Passports The Solution?
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The European Union today proposed new restrictions on air travel from unvaccinated Americans, given the U.S.'s low vaccination rates. And while it remains to be seen how each E.U. country will treat American travelers, there's already momentum growing among airlines to adopt a universal COVID vaccine passport. Could the EU's passports serve as a blueprint for the U.S.?

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How Would A Universal COVID Passport Work?

The Digital COVID Certificate, as the passport is called, uses a framework that the E.U. developed to standardize digital COVID vaccination cards across countries that can be used to quickly verify holders' vaccination status. Each country has a digital and paper version of their vaccination cards.

The biggest hurdle for the U.S.: building a digital infrastructure for a national registry. That would require real-time data collection from every state.

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