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Covid-19: PM promises review on issues of vaccine passports Covid-19: PM promises review on issues of vaccine passports
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The UK “cannot be discriminatory” against those people who are unable to take a Covid vaccine, says the prime ministerThe UK “cannot be discriminatory” against those people who are unable to take a Covid vaccine, says the prime minister
Boris Johnson has promised a review into the use of vaccine passports, but said there were "deep and complex issues" to consider.Boris Johnson has promised a review into the use of vaccine passports, but said there were "deep and complex issues" to consider.
He said the idea of Covid status certificates - having to show something to go to a pub or the theatre - was a "novelty" for the UK.He said the idea of Covid status certificates - having to show something to go to a pub or the theatre - was a "novelty" for the UK.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove will lead the vaccine passport review.Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove will lead the vaccine passport review.
The prime minister said he was "very optimistic" Covid restrictions in England can be lifted on 21 June.The prime minister said he was "very optimistic" Covid restrictions in England can be lifted on 21 June.
But he warned "nothing can be guaranteed", and urged that everyone had to "continue to be prudent".But he warned "nothing can be guaranteed", and urged that everyone had to "continue to be prudent".
Earlier Health Secretary Matt Hancock said everyone "has to play their part" in making sure rules were followed, so Covid restrictions can be lifted.Earlier Health Secretary Matt Hancock said everyone "has to play their part" in making sure rules were followed, so Covid restrictions can be lifted.
In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said - if all goes to plan - she expects to see a phased but significant re-opening of the Scottish economy in the last week of April.In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said - if all goes to plan - she expects to see a phased but significant re-opening of the Scottish economy in the last week of April.
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Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi previously said there was not a plan to use vaccine passports domestically but on Monday the prime minister announced the review into the measure as one of four matters on which ministers do not currently feel they have enough data or information.
Speaking during a visit to a south London school, Mr Johnson said the UK had "never thought in terms of having something that you have to show to go to a pub or a theatre".Speaking during a visit to a south London school, Mr Johnson said the UK had "never thought in terms of having something that you have to show to go to a pub or a theatre".
He said there were "ethical issues" about the role of government "in mandating… or banning people from doing such a thing."He said there were "ethical issues" about the role of government "in mandating… or banning people from doing such a thing."
He added: "We can't be discriminatory against people who can't have the vaccine, there might be a medical reason, or some people may genuinely refuse to have one - I think that's a mistake." He added: "We can't be discriminatory against people who can't have the vaccine, there might be a medical reason, or some people may genuinely refuse to have one - I think that's a mistake."
But the prime minister said it was possible to consider the issue at the same time as the rollout of the vaccine.But the prime minister said it was possible to consider the issue at the same time as the rollout of the vaccine.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi previously said there was not a plan to use vaccine passports domestically and warned that such measures could be "discriminatory". The government previously said it would consider how to facilitate Covid certificates for people who needed to travel to other countries which demanded them.
But he said the government was considering how to facilitate Covid status certificates if they were required by other countries for international travel. A No 10 spokesman said an international consensus needed to be built on how to allow greater foreign travel, which the UK was seeking to achieve via the G7 and other multilateral discussions.
A No 10 spokesman said an international consensus needed to be built on how to allow greater foreign travel, which the UK was seeking to achieve via the G7 and other multi-lateral discussions.
"It will be for different countries to determine their own regimes in relation to the quarantine and who they want to allow in, and we want to try and work together to get some sort of international framework," he said."It will be for different countries to determine their own regimes in relation to the quarantine and who they want to allow in, and we want to try and work together to get some sort of international framework," he said.
Labour shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds told the BBC a review was "sensible" but said it should be "conclusive" and consider all the evidence available.Labour shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds told the BBC a review was "sensible" but said it should be "conclusive" and consider all the evidence available.
The review into vaccine passports is one of four announced by the prime minister investigating matters on which ministers do not currently feel they have enough data or information.
Mr Johnson said his roadmap for easing lockdown measures, laid out on Monday, was "a cautious but irreversible approach".Mr Johnson said his roadmap for easing lockdown measures, laid out on Monday, was "a cautious but irreversible approach".
Due to the vaccine programme, the country could "look at that 21 June date with some optimism".Due to the vaccine programme, the country could "look at that 21 June date with some optimism".
He said while "some people will say that we're going to be going too fast, some people will say we're going too slow", but he thought the balance of the reopening was right.He said while "some people will say that we're going to be going too fast, some people will say we're going too slow", but he thought the balance of the reopening was right.
Mr Johnson said each phase of unlocking restrictions - such as children going back to school - would be "adding to the budget of risk".Mr Johnson said each phase of unlocking restrictions - such as children going back to school - would be "adding to the budget of risk".
This is why time was needed between measures to "observe" the impact, he added.This is why time was needed between measures to "observe" the impact, he added.
Earlier, Mr Hancock said he wanted measures to become a "matter of personal responsibility and social norms" that could see people choosing to wear masks on public transport.
Prof Sir John Bell, regius chair of medicine at Oxford University, told BBC Radio 4's World at One he thought, and hoped, the country would get back to the stage where people did not wear masks, with Covid "operating in the background" like flu.
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The devolved nations have the power to set their own restrictions.The devolved nations have the power to set their own restrictions.
Outlining her own roadmap, Ms Sturgeon said she hoped to end stay at home restrictions from 5 April in Scotland.Outlining her own roadmap, Ms Sturgeon said she hoped to end stay at home restrictions from 5 April in Scotland.
Meanwhile in Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said he hopes the country's "stay-at-home" requirement could end within three weeks, with some non-essential shops and hairdressers possibly reopening at the same time.Meanwhile in Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said he hopes the country's "stay-at-home" requirement could end within three weeks, with some non-essential shops and hairdressers possibly reopening at the same time.
Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster wants its executive to discuss the reopening date for schools following Mr Johnson's announcement in England.Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster wants its executive to discuss the reopening date for schools following Mr Johnson's announcement in England.
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