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U.K. Joins France With Vaccine Passport Plan to Lift Travel

Britain’s digital vaccine passport will be based on the existing NHS app.

Britain’s digital vaccine passport will be based on the existing NHS app.

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Britain is working on a digital Covid-19 vaccine passport as the move to restart travel in Europe gathers pace.

The U.K. initiative, disclosed Wednesday by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, is based on an existing National Health Service app, which will be adapted to help travelers prove they’ve had a jab or tested negative for the virus. The announcement comes a day after France started to trial short flights with a tracing app updated to host records of shots and tests, on short flights.