Covid-19: Togo’s health pass now recognized in EU, a first in SSA region

Thursday, 25 November 2021 15:30
Covid-19: Togo’s health pass now recognized in EU, a first in SSA region

(Togo First) - Starting from November 25, 2021, the European Union (EU) will be allowing those with a Togolese Covid health pass to travel across the community. Togo thus becomes the first sub-Saharan African country to enjoy this status.

"The Togolese government and the European Union Delegation are pleased to announce the recognition today of the digital vaccination certificate of Togo in all 27 countries of the European Union," reads a joint statement released yesterday by Lomé and the EU delegation. 

"The Togolese government has indeed implemented an effective vaccination strategy for the population that places Togo among the most vaccinated countries in the sub-region," the document indicates. Indeed, one million people (25% of Togo’s population) are already registered on the digital platform set up to enrol and monitor vaccinated people.

"The recognition of the Togolese certificate by the European system attests to the importance for our country to build interoperable digital solutions that meet international norms and standards," said Cina Lawson, Togo’s minister of the digital economy and digital transformation.

Togo, let’s emphasize, is connected to Europe’s COVID digital certificate platform. Singapore also. "I am [also] delighted that we have the first country in Southeast Asia (Singapore) and the first country in sub-Saharan Africa (Togo) that will be interconnected to the COVID digital certificate platform," said Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice.

At present, about 1.5 million doses of Covid vaccines have been administered in Togo. This translates to 18.2 doses per 100 people. Also, 6.1% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to data gathered by Our World in Data.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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