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UK drops plan for vaccine passports in England

In this Monday, July 19, 2021 file photo, people drink on the dance floor shortly after the reopening, at The Piano Works in Farringdon, in London. European nations, across the board, have made strides in their vaccination rates in recent months, with or without incentives. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)
In this Monday, July 19, 2021 file photo, people drink on the dance floor shortly after the reopening, at The Piano Works in Farringdon, in London. European nations, across the board, have made strides in their vaccination rates in recent months, with or without incentives. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

The UK government is dropping a plan to make people in England show vaccine passports to enter crowded events such as nightclubs, says the health minister.

The government had previously said the measure would be introduced at the end of this month, despite opposition from businesses in the sector and from some Conservative MPs.

Health minister Sajid Javid announces the U-turn, saying the government does not view the move as necessary in the current virus situation, citing high vaccine uptake.

“We’ve looked at it properly and whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option I’m pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports,” Javid tells the BBC.

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