IN SHORT: The WHO’s global digital health certification network, or GDHCN for short, does not allow the organisation to “decide” what vaccinations people in member states must have before they can travel. Ignore social media posts claiming otherwise.
“It's happening folks!”
“Soon the WHO will rollout the Global Health Certificate The G20 committed to. It will list vaccinations the WHO decide are needed for you to travel. All attached to your Digital ID & eventually your Carbon allocation,” the claim reads.
Many posts of the claim include a video of WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus announcing the launch of the global digital health certification network (GDHCN) on 5 June 2023. The full text of his speech can be read here.
But the WHO’s initiative is likely to make global travel easier, not restrict it.
No personal information stored
It’s not a “global health certificate” that lists “vaccinations the WHO decide are needed for you to travel”. And there’s no evidence that the WHO has anything to do with any “digital ID” or “carbon allocation”.
Medical certificates are often required for visas that allow a person to travel from one country to another. They may provide proof of, for example, childhood vaccination, vaccination against rare but dangerous diseases only found in some parts of the world (such as yellow fever), and vaccination against Covid.
The GDHCN is being developed from the EU’s digital Covid certificate, or EU-DCC. This was a system used during the Covid pandemic that allowed people to travel between the visa-free countries of Europe – or even just enter restaurants and pubs – with a certificate that could be easily verified, for example by scanning a QR code on their phone.
The certificate simply proved that a person had been vaccinated against Covid, had tested negative for the disease, or had recovered from it within the previous six months. It didn't contain any personal information, and neither does the GDHCN.
The GDHCN doesn't take away the right of countries to issue health certificates, nor does it allow the WHO to “decide” what vaccinations people in member states must have before they can travel.
And it’s not a “global health certificate”,
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