UK's Sunak says vaccine passport idea might help the economy

A way to help the country and its economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic

  
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak arrives to appear on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 28, 2021.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak arrives to appear on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 28, 2021.

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LONDON- British finance minister Rishi Sunak said the idea of giving people vaccine passports or certificates to allow them to enter venues or events might be a way to help the country and its economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Obviously it is a complicated but potentially very relevant question for helping us reopen those parts of our country like mass events," Sunak told BBC television on Sunday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week that the government would hold a review to consider the scientific, moral, philosophical and ethical questions about using vaccine certificates for people who have received a coronavirus shot, which could help entertainment and hospitality venues reopen.

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