Ethiopian, Africa CDC launch Covid-19 vaccine passport

The African Union travel pass will help to validate test and vaccination certificates

In Summary

•John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa CDC also underscored how such partnerships are critical in the present context.

•The airline said the latest partnership considerably boosts the safety of passengers and nations alike.

An Ethiopian Airlines jet.
An Ethiopian Airlines jet.
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The Africa CDC has partnered with Ethiopian Airlines to implement an African Union pass to make continental travel easier and safer during the Covid -19 pandemic.

The Trusted Travel pass programme will ensure country regulations regarding Covid-19 travel requirements are met with minimal room for error and hassle to the travellers.

Africa CDC and its strategic partners, the PanaBIOS Consortium and Econet, have mobilised other stakeholders to address current challenges in accessing accurate health information, high costs and inconvenience in cross border travel, and poor data for health policy and biosecurity planning.

Ethiopian Airlines is one of the stakeholders.

The airline said its customers will now enjoy hassle free travel experience with their travel pass helping them verify whether their medical information meets various Covid-19 regulations of their destination.

The airline said the latest partnership considerably boosts the safety of passengers and nations alike.

Commenting on the implementation of travel pass, Getinet Tadesse, chief information officer at Ethiopian Airlines said: “The solution is capable of addressing passengers’ travel needs during Covid -19 pandemic as it helps them validate their test and vaccination documents before departure. As a safety first airline, we are striving to make travel safe and seamless especially with regard to the implementation of Covid-19 prevention strategies.”

The trusted travel pass solution will help to validate test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their route and share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel. The solution will also avoid fraudulent documentation and make air travel more convenient. 

John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa CDC also underscored how such partnerships are critical in the present context:

He said: "The scale of the challenge presented by Covid-19 demands an unprecedented level of both innovation and cooperation, which is why Ethiopian's laudable decision to come on board Trusted Travel marks a watershed in the continent's ongoing fightback against this pandemic's quest to suppress the Africa's development ambitions."