Fact Check: WHO-EU Digital Partnership Does NOT 'Aim To Control People'

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Fact Check: WHO-EU Digital Partnership Does NOT 'Aim To Control People' No Correlation

Did the WHO start negotiations with the European Union to get access to the COVID-19 passes' technology "to control all the people in the world?" No, that's not true: The main aim of COVID-19 passes has been to check the health status of people, facilitate safe free movement and follow the spreading of the virus, not to control anyone's personal activities or to rule over people during the pandemic. A recently-announced strategic partnership between the WHO and the European Commission focuses on establishing "a global system that will help protect citizens across the world from on-going and future health threats."

The claim appeared in a TikTok video (archived here) published by @verteneverte on June 29, 2023, under the title "Milan Uhrík. THIS IS WHAT THE WHO IS PREPARING FOR US." It opened:

I would like to warn you about the EU's negotiation on sharing the COVID passes' technology with the WHO. These organizations expect another pandemic and they want to be prepared. The WHO wants to use COVID passes' technology worldwide to control people and regulate, or limit their activities.

(Translations from Slovak into English by Lead Stories staff).

This is what the video looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshots taken on Wed July 19, 2023 10:04:39 2023 ETC)

Slovak europolitician Milan Uhrik in the TikTok video claims that COVID passes limit human freedom and that, along with vaccine passports, promise to be the ideal solution to avoid further lockdowns, but pose a threat to people's freedoms and right to privacy.

Uhrík also claims that the EU and the WHO plan to establish COVID passes worldwide "to control the whole planet." His allegations, alluding to conspiracy theories, are part of his pre-election campaign: Early parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Slovakia on September 30, 2023, to elect members of the National Council.

Uhrik, previosly a member of the Slovak far-right party LSNS and now leader of the far-right party Republika, also adds in the above TikTok video:

As you can see, globalists wish to control people as never before. They are looking for ways to bully people through the COVID passes, as they already did before. My political party has always been against COVID passes, COVID madness and against the bullying of people. We are trying to fight the reintroduction of COVID passes.

The EU Digital COVID certificate has been crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate travel, and has set a global standard, being adopted by more than 50 countries in different continents. The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation, applied from July 1, 2021, expired on June 30, 2023. COVID passes or apps just showed evidence of vaccination and or testing status: Personal data were not stored or retained when the certificate got verified through the QR code or with human checks.

In June 2023, the WHO announced that it would take up the European Union (EU) system of digital COVID-19 certification to establish a global system that "will help facilitate global mobility and protect citizens across the world from on-going and future health threats, including pandemics." This digital health partnership "is the first building block of the WHO Global Digital Health Certification Network that will develop a wide range of digital products to deliver better health for all," it was announced.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating health and economic consequences, with unprecedented disruption to people's lives, the global economy and world trade. In the middle of the pandemic, COVID passes became the object of a heated debate: Researchers from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in London argued in 2022 that COVID passes were a useful tool to enable people to prove that they were either fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, or had recently tested negative for COVID-19, and if people were asked to prove their health status before entering a crowded or enclosed environment, this could potentially reduce the risk of COVID or other viruses being spread.

"Building on the EU's highly successful digital certification network, WHO aims to offer all WHO Member States access to an open-source digital health tool, which is based on the principles of equity, innovation, transparency and data protection and privacy," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, commenting on the launch of the new digital health initiative. "New digital health products in development aim to help people everywhere receive quality health services quickly and more effectively."

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