Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday suggested using a digital health code system as a “fast track” for organized travel between the countries, while calling for stronger international co-ordination to restore cross-border traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Si addressed other world leaders during a virtual summit of the Riyadh G20 summit when he said that the QR code system could help open travel by allowing coronavirus test results to be recognized at international level, reports the South China Morning Post.
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“We need to further standardize policies and establish fast roads to facilitate the orderly flow of people,”
A QR code is a type of barcode that can be scanned and processed by smartphones. According to the newspaper, a green code indicates health, while yellow and red indicate that the person should be quarantined. China has been using the method to monitor the health of citizens and their travel records since February.
It was not immediately clear whether other countries would participate in the system.
He also said China is ready to help other countries in need of coronavirus vaccines, as the country currently has five home-grown phase III candidates, Reuters reported.
“China is ready to step up cooperation with other countries in research and development, production and distribution of vaccines,” Xi said. “We will live up to our commitments, offer help and support to other developing countries, and work hard to make vaccines a public good that citizens of all countries can use and can afford.”
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As of Saturday, China reported 86,414 confirmed cases of coronavirus.