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To protect their citizens and make travel easier, the European Union is considering implementing a COVID-19 vaccine passport. Among other EU countries, the Czech Republic is also planning to use a digital health pass for its citizens. Tomáš Petříček, the Czech Foreign Minister, expressed his opinion about the necessity of having a digital passport: “If we are unable to reach an agreement on a vaccine passport across the EU, then we will at least start negotiating with our neighbors about a green pass for our region.” According to Ursula von der Leyen, the new digital passport will provide the ‘proof that a person has been vaccinated; results of tests for those who couldn’t get a vaccine yet; and info on theRead more.

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Karel Havlíček, Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic has hinted that the government is building a system whereby people will be refused entry to certain places without a vaccination ID or a negative test no less than “72 hours old.”  Aktualne reports that the Ministry of Health is building an electronic system that can allow bars, restaurants, and wherever else to verify whether or not their guests have been vaccinated before entering. Without a vaccination, guests would either be banned or forced into taking a test before entering the premises.  Ostensibly, venues would have a dedicated employee outside with a tablet, either scanning people’s phones for a code, or entering their passport or ID number into the portal. ToRead more.

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A report from the Czech Psychiatric Society suggests that up to 20% of people who have contracted the coronavirus eventually experience depression and/or insomnia after the virus has left their body.  Martin Anders, vice-president of the CPS and head of the Psychiatric Clinic at General University Hospital, said that he observed this phenomenon with his patients, as well as himself.  “The reports show that up to 20% of those who have contracted COVID-19 experience psychological problems. Most often its anxiety, depression, or sleep disorders.”  “I’ve noticed it myself. After I had COVID-19, I went through 2 weeks of complete insomnia.” Anders says that COVID-19 causes a spike in the immune system that releases cytokine proteins, which are the likely causeRead more.