After the announcement of the application of the ‘COVID passport’ in the European Union as of July 1, the regional president of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has claimed this idea as his own, referring to the COVID card that she proposed last summer in Madrid.

“Almost a year ago we proposed a COVID card to facilitate the movement of vaccinated people. At that time it was rejected,” he said. However, this document did not have the same purpose as the current ‘COVID passport’ nor was it intended to “facilitate the movement of vaccinated people”, since the vaccination process began months later, in December 2020.

What was the purpose of the COVID card?

Faced with the COVID passport, which seeks to facilitate movement between countries of the European Union and other countries, such as the United States or the United Kingdom, the COVID card proposed by Ayuso intended to “avoid confinements” and that, thus, people who had passed the disease or had performed a PCR could provide information.

Thus, as indicated by the regional president, those who had this document could “continue their normal life.” This measure, which the Ministry of Health opposed, was even qualified as discriminatory.

The science journalist Javier Salas has once again influenced this through Twitter, who has considered that the COVID card came to encourage contagion “because it would have advantages “.

In July 2020 there were no vaccines

The measure was also not directed towards the vaccinated, which does include the ‘COVID passport’, along with those who have also been immunized for having passed the disease and those who have undergone a PCR test. This also avoids discrimination with people vaccinated or immunized for having already had COVID-19.

In the case of Díaz Ayuso’s COVID card, It was intended for those who were immunized and he did not rule out that it might be necessary “for jobs or whatever.” Although it also referred to those who had undergone diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2, this implied that either you got sick or paid for one of these tests, since in July 2020 there were no vaccines. In fact, the vaccination process would not begin until the end of December of that year.

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