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EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

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A technical system underpinning the European Unions plan for a pan-EU "digital pass" for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status across the region has gone live, with a handful of EU Member States connected to the gateway and more expected to follow ahead of a July 1 full launch.

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The gateway system for the EU's "digital pass" for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status went live June 1.

The digital pass prevents falsifications using QR codes and digital signatures, which are verified using public key cryptography.

Those without access to a mobile device can receive paper-based certificates.

Seven countries—Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia, and Poland—plan to start issuing and verifying certificates, while other member states will begin doing so ahead of the full launch on July 1.

Twenty-two countries have tested the gateway successfully since May 10.

The European Commission has published reference software and apps for the issuance, storage, and verification of certificates on GitHub, with 12 member-states using the code so far.

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