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China’s president proposes a global QR code health system to increase travel in the midst of pandemics



Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday proposed using a digital health code system as a “highway” for orderly travel between countries, while calling for stronger international coordination to restore cross-border movement amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Xi addressed other world leaders at a virtual meeting of the G-20 Riyadh summit when he said a QR code system could help open up travel by allowing coronavirus test results to be recognized internationally, the South China Morning Post reported.

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“We need to further standardize policies and establish fast tracks to facilitate the orderly flow of people,”

; Xi said, according to a printout obtained by the outlet.

President Xi Jinping spoke at the G20 summit, which opened on Saturday with appeals from the world's most powerful leaders to collectively map a way forward as the coronavirus pandemic overshadows this year's rally.  (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

President Xi Jinping spoke at the G20 summit, which opened on Saturday with appeals from the world’s most powerful leaders to collectively map a way forward as the coronavirus pandemic overshadows this year’s rally. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

A QR code is a type of barcode that can be scanned and processed by smartphones. According to the paper, a green code indicates a healthy status, while yellow and red mean that the person must be quarantined. China has been using the method to keep track of citizens’ health status and their travel records since February.

It was not immediately clear whether other countries would join the system.

Protective suit workers are administering a COVID-19 test in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan province on Sunday.  (AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein)

Protective suit workers are administering a COVID-19 test in Wenchang in southern China’s Hainan province on Sunday. (AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein)

Xi also said China is ready to help other countries in need of coronavirus vaccines, as the country currently has five home-grown candidates in Phase III trials, Reuters reported.

“China is willing to strengthen cooperation with other countries in research and development, production and distribution of vaccines,” Xi said. “We will fulfill 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 afford.”

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China has reported 86,414 total confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Saturday.


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