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Israel: With Half the Population Vaccinated, Ministry of Health Issues COVID-19 Certificates of Vaccination or Recovery and “Green Passes”

(Mar. 25, 2021) On March 15, 2021, Israel became the first country to have fully vaccinated more than half its population using the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccinated Israelis and those who have recovered from COVID-19 may apply to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for a certificate of vaccination or a certificate of recovery, as well as for […]

China: Digital Vaccination Certificate for Citizens Traveling Overseas Launched

(Mar. 18, 2021) On March 8, 2021, China launched a digital vaccination certificate for its citizens, named the International Travel Health Certificate, to “facilitate safe and orderly cross-border travel,” according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on the same day. The certificate shows details about the holder’s current COVID-19 vaccination […]

Argentina: National Digital Payment System Implemented

(Jan. 28, 2021) On December 7, 2020, the Central Bank of Argentina (Banco Central de la República Argentina, BCRA) implemented the first stage in the rollout of a new national digital payment system. The system, named Transferencias 3.0 (Transfers 3.0), will allow any business or company in the country to charge for its services through payments made through […]

Israel: Ministry of Health to Issue “Green Passports” to Those Who Vaccinate against or Have Recovered from Coronavirus

(Jan. 11, 2021) On January 4, 2021, the Ministry of Health (MOH) presented to the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) for its consideration a new app that would allow persons who have been vaccinated against or have recovered from the coronavirus to enter certain places and engage in certain activities. […]

Denmark: Health Authority Issues New Guidance for COVID-19 Tracing Including Updated Rules for Danish COVID App

(Dec. 23, 2020) On November 24, 2020, Sundhedssyrelsen (the Danish Health Authority) published an updated version of its guides on tracing COVID-19. The guide, COVID-19: Opsporing og håndtering af nære kontakter (COVID-19: Tracking and Managing Close Contacts), is the third version discussing how to trace transmission of COVID-19 in Denmark. The guide contains updated rules […]

China: Health QR Code Now Required for Foreigners Flying to China

(Dec. 14, 2020) On November 23, 2020, the Chinese Embassy in the United States published a notice requiring non-Chinese citizens to obtain a QR code marked “HDC” (Health Declaration Code) in order to board flights to China. The new requirement entered into effect on December 1, 2020. According to the notice, foreign passengers can apply […]

International: New App Developed to Combat Illegal Fishing in West Africa

(Dec. 1, 2020) Illegal fishing in West Africa has been a longstanding challenge in the region, threatening livelihoods, nutritional security, and export revenues, while also causing damage to marine environments and contributing to increased pollution. Now a new app, developed by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and launched on November 10, 2020, can be used […]