Vaccine passports may save Europe’s summer, but only for the lucky ones

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Colosseum in Rome

(CNN) — The door to summer is slowly creaking open in Europe, and for those who want to stroll through it to take a vacation amid ongoing Covid restrictions, the key may soon be at hand.

While borders are likely to remain closed in coming weeks, the European Union is proposing to roll out a Digital Green Certificate, or vaccine passport that will allow those with the required armfuls of approved anti-Covid pharmaceuticalsor antibodies from having had the virus, to travel freely. Negative tests could also be used to qualify.

It’s a measure eagerly anticipated by Europe’s prime tourism destinations, among them Portugal, Spain and Greece, where an absence of visitors over the past year has left gaping holes in national bank balances.

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