China’s president proposes a global health QR code system to boost travel amid the pandemic

China's president proposes a global health QR code system to boost travel amid the pandemic

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday proposed using a digital health code system as a “fast track” for organized travel between countries while calling for stronger international coordination to re-establish cross-border movement amid Corona Virus pandemic.

Xi addressed other world leaders at a virtual meeting of the G20 summit in Riyadh when he said the QR code system could help open travel by allowing coronavirus test results to be recognized internationally. South China Morning Newspaper mentioned.

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“We need to further standardize policies and create fast lanes to facilitate the orderly flow of people,” Shi said, according to a copy obtained by the port.

President Xi Jinping spoke at the G20 summit that opened on Saturday with calls from the world’s most powerful leaders to chart a collective path forward as the coronavirus pandemic casts a shadow over this year’s meeting. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

A QR code is a type of barcode that can be scanned and processed by smartphones. According to the paper, the green symbol indicates a health condition while the yellow and red mean that a person must quarantine China has used this method to track citizens’ health status and their travel records since February.

It was not immediately clear whether other countries would participate in the system.

Workers in protective suits take a COVID-19 test in Wenchang, Hainan Province, south China, on Sunday. (AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein)

Workers in protective suits take a COVID-19 test in Wenchang, Hainan Province, south China, on Sunday. (AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein)

Xi also said that China is ready to assist other countries that need vaccines against the Coronavirus, as the country currently has five domestic candidates in the third phase trials, Reuters mentioned.

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“China is ready to strengthen cooperation with other countries in research, development, production and distribution of vaccines,” Xi said. “We will fulfill our commitments and provide assistance and support to other developing countries. We will work hard to make vaccines a public good that citizens of all countries can use and can afford.”

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China had reported 86,414 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Saturday.

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