A Framework to Assess the Impact of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates

Authors: Yot Teerawattananon, Sarin KC, Aparna Ananthakrishnan and Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai

21 April 2021

Since the start of 2021, the pandemic has taken a more hopeful turn with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.As such, an increasing number of public and private sectors in many settings are considering the introduction of COVID-19 vaccination certificates or similar instruments as a safe passage into the new normal. By facilitating the resumption of travel and economic activities, they can play an essential role in domestic and global economic recovery. While the proposition of these instruments is attractive, countries must carefully design supporting policies such as the length of quarantine period and COVID-19 tests requirements by considering the potential costs and benefits of introducing such instruments. The idea is to alleviate—not aggravate—the effects of the virus.

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