The African Union (AU) has endorsed vaccine pass standard (Trusted Vaccines) and COVID-19 testing certificate standard (Trusted Travel) of the Republic of Togo.
Togo is that the “first country to supplya continental vaccine pass and testing certificate to its citizens”, a joint statement with the African Union on Thursday said while many African countries are deploying the trusted vaccines solution and a number of other more have launched trusted travel in recent months,
The statement added that this can beexpected to boost its citizens’ ability to learn from the free movement provisions enshrined within the African Continental trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.
“Indeed, the African Union hasextended its Trusted Vaccines and Trusted Travel platforms to foster harmonisation of vaccine records and test results verification across the continent,” the statement reads.
“Today, many countries round theworld depend upon insecure visual inspection of health documents thanks to the absence of a reliable international mechanism for authenticity assurance. This greatly threatens global biosecurity.
“Against this background, the Republic of Togo is proud to announce the successful integration of its national digital COVID-19 testing and vaccination system with the one developed by the African Union and therefore the Africa Center for Disease Control & Prevention, entirely in line with the harmonised continental standards of Trusted Vaccines and Trusted Travel,” the statement reads.
“Whilst many African Countries have deployed the Trusted Travel standard for COVID-19 testing verification and are deploying the Trusted Vaccines system for authentication of vaccine records on the continental level, Togo’s success in integrating both systems simultaneously today marks a significant milestone.
“Togo has also fully digitised all elements of its vaccination plan. Its platform, entirely developed in Togo, enables the issuance of a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code to those who have receivedthe desired minimum number of doses.
“As this digital solution meets international norms and standards, the Togolese Government established reciprocity with the African Union system of digital COVID-19 vaccination certificates and, in partnership with the PanaBIOS Consortium, compatibility with the Trusted Travel and Trusted Vaccines standards in record time.
“The recognition of Togo’s digital efforts by the African Union all over again marks the country’s commitment to use innovation and cooperation tocater to Covid-19.”
The expectation is that Ghana too goesto launch an AU-wide pass like Togo has done.