The G20 nations want the countries of the world to be subjected to a global standard for requiring proof of vaccination for international travel. This process involves the promotion of global digital identity schemes that abide by standards dictated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
"We acknowledge the importance of shared technical standards and verification methods, under the framework of the 2005 IHR [International Health Regulations] … to facilitate seamless international travel, interoperability and recognizing digital solutions and non-digital solutions, including proof of vaccinations," reads the G20's joint declaration.
The IHR is a WHO-crafted global framework for responding to global pandemics. The regulations include strengthening disease surveillance measures at border crossings and introducing global health documents, including international vaccination certificates. (Related: WHO partners with German telecom company to create global COVID-19 vaccine passport app.)
"Let's have a digital health certificate acknowledged by WHO," said Indonesian Minister of Health Gunadi Sadikin, who claims the purpose of a global digital COVID-19 vaccine passport is to facilitate international movement.
"If you have been vaccinated or tested properly, then you can move around. So, for the next pandemic, instead of stopping the movement of the people 100 percent, which stopped the economy globally, you can still provide some movement of the people."
Official reports state that Biden and Xi met for the first time on Monday, Nov. 14 on the sidelines of the G20 summit. The meeting reportedly lasted around three hours.
No official statements from either government or any reporting from mainstream media outlets have confirmed whether or not Biden and Xi discussed the implementation of a global digital COVID-19 vaccine passport.
But it should be noted that the U.S. is one of the founding members of the G20 and the group invited China soon after its creation. Both countries have a strong influence on the group and it is unlikely that such an important statement as the declaration of support for an international vaccine passport would have been made without the assent of both nations.
What the White House does claim Biden and Xi talked about are concerns regarding "practices in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, and human rights more broadly," according to a readout of the meeting. The two also reportedly discussed maintaining the status quo in Taiwan, issues regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin's special military operation in Ukraine, and coming together to tackle key challenges like global food insecurity and so-called climate change.
This was the first time Biden met Xi as the president of the United States. The last time the pair met was in 2017 after Biden's term as vice president ended.
In a statement, Xi admitted that he and Biden "have maintained communication via video conferences, phone calls and letters" since the latter assumed presidency.
The communist leader's statement further revealed that he and Biden had "a candid and in-depth exchange of views … on issues of strategic importance in China-U.S. relations and on major global and regional issues."
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Watch this clip from "The HighWire" with Del Bigtree and Jefferey Jaxen discussing how the G20 leaders used the summit to push for digital COVID-19 vaccine certificates.