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Preparing for Long COVID: COVID-19 and health systems strengthening

Tuesday 16 March 2021 from 12:00-13:00 CET

Many countries are exploring the use of ‘vaccine passports’ to enable cross-border travel without quarantine restrictions, to reopen sport and leisure facilities for vaccinated people, or even to work in certain public- or patient-facing roles. The intention would be to manage the infection risk for the vaccinated population against the risk for the unvaccinated. But what are the ethical issues around vaccine passports? What kinds of vaccine passports are being proposed? What are the practicalities of their introduction and enforcement? Join us in this webinar to find out if vaccination passports provide a route out of lockdown.


Siobhán O’Sullivan, Ministry of Health, Ireland (keynote)

Ruth Waitzberg, Technical University of Berlin, & Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

Franz Leisch, ELGA [Electronic Health Records], Austria


Matthias Wismar & Erica Richardson (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)

This webinar is part of a series of webinars which draws lessons from country experiences based on the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) - a joint undertaking with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission and the European Observatory. The COVID-19 HSRM builds on the expertise of the Health Systems and Policy Monitor network and the WHO Country Offices and the knowledge and work of colleagues in the Regional Office and DG SANTE who are dealing with the pandemic and supporting countries. The webinar series is indebted to them all.

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