UAE, Israel agree on mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine certificate

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The UAE and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities in the two countries.

As part of this agreement, authorities in both countries will be able to develop specific procedures ensuring the unrestricted movement of vaccinated individuals as part of the efforts made by respective governments to facilitate the safe movement of travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MoU was signed virtually by Mr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, UAE’s Minister of Health and Prevention, and Mr. Nitzan Horowitz, Minister of Health of Israel.

The development falls within the two countries’ keenness to facilitate the free movement of individuals and obtain the desired goals of the vaccination campaigns for various segments of society. The efforts made by the two sides in this respect have contributed to the two countries securing the highest rates of COVID-19 vaccinations per capita.

The MoU comes as part of the cooperation agreement concluded by the two countries to enhance coordination in large-scale health initiatives, unify efforts and exchange knowledge and expertise with regards to confronting global pandemics by employing digital health, artificial intelligence (AI), and innovation and utilizing milestones in personalized medicine while promoting healthcare in accordance with best global practices, Mr. Al Owais said.

“The agreement allows free movement between Israel and the Emirates and mutual recognition of vaccination certificates and green passports, without isolation or bureaucracy,” Mr. Horowitz.

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