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A necessary tool to restore our lives?

Tuesday 23rd February 2021, Webinar 7.00–8.30pm

COVID passports are in the news. They are potentially significant, with an increasing number of countries considering them. The Society's recent paper [PDF] looks how such a passport might work, what it has to offer as a route back to everyday normality and highlights issues that Government might address. 

At this webinar, a distinguished panel discussed the pros and cons of such a scheme and the practicalities of creating a COVID passport.

The discussion was introduced by Lord Ribeiro CBE FRCS, President of Conservative Health, and co-chaired by Sir Bob Neill MP, Chair of the Society's Executive Committee and Professor Ray Powles CBE, Chair of Conservative Health.

The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee in the House of Commons, former Foreign Secretary and the longest-serving Health Secretary in British political history.

Professor Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine at Imperial College London. Co-lead of ISARIC4C (UK-wide consortium studying the COVID-19 pandemic), member of the Academy of Medical Sciences–British Society for Immunology expert taskforce on immunology of COVID-19 and a member of NERVTAG (the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group that advises the government on the threat posed by new and emerging respiratory viruses).

Dr Michael Veale, lecturer in Digital Rights and Regulation at UCL Faculty of Laws and Digital Charter Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. His work centres on the intersection of law and emerging data technologies. In the COVID-19 context, he is one of the authors of the DP-3T privacy-preserving contact tracing system that the Google-Apple App is based upon. 

Jill Andrew, Principal of Beam Law and Member of the SCL Executive Committee. Jill is a solicitor who has practised in employment law for over 40 years, formerly a Partner and Head of Employment Law with a number of leading practices.

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