The World Health Organization (WHO) said it will take up the European Union's digital COVID-19 vaccine passport framework as part of a new global network of digital health certificates.
The WHO said in a June 5 statement that it had entered into a "landmark digital health partnership" with the European Commission (EC), the European Union's executive body.
As part of this new joint venture, Europe's existing framework of digital vaccine passports will serve as the first building block of a global network of digital health products.
Dubbed the Global Digital Health Certification Network, the new vaccine passport framework has already drawn criticism, with Australian senator Alex Antic saying in a statement that the move is "just another conspiracy theory coming true."
Vaccine passports—and various other forms of digital identity schemes—have been criticized as an invasion of privacy and as having the potential to enable governments and corporations to coerce human behavior by, for instance, denying access to infrastructure or services.