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Government blew £72m on Covid passports before Sajid Javid abruptly axed them

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Coronavirus vaccine passes are widespread in some international locations however within the UK Sajid Javid cancelled plans for the use after the Government spent £72m on the programme

Covid passes are widespread in some international locations

The Government blew a minimum of £72million on Covid passport contracts before Health Secretary Sajid Javid abruptly cancelled plans for his or her widespread use.

Just 200 occasions and venues have made voluntary use of the NHS COVID Pass regardless of the massive outlay from the taxpayer.

Most of the money went to a few companies, together with one run by the Hinduja brothers, who had been embroiled in a cash-for-passports wrangle when Labour had been in energy 20 years in the past.

Hinduja Global Solutions UK Limited landed a £25million contract in May to offer a name centre for eight months, with an choice of an extra six months, advising callers on the best way to get a certificates proving two jabs.








Sajid Javid abruptly cancelled plans for his or her widespread use
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Meanwhile, the French outfit Teleperformance Ltd was given £25million for the same service.

And HH Associates has been awarded £21million to print certificates and ship them to folks unable to print their very own or use on-line companies.

Covid passes are widespread in some international locations however within the UK have solely been used at restricted occasions and for overseas journey.

Vaccine passports in nightclubs and different indoor venues had been as a consequence of be necessary on the finish of this month, however Mr Javid ditched the plan.

He stated in a TV interview: “We looked at it properly and we keep it in reserve as an option but I am pleased to say we will not be going ahead with plans.”








Vaccine passports in nightclubs and different indoor venues had been as a consequence of be necessary
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Other contracts embrace £1.16million to design a Covid Pass with IT agency Cognizant Worldwide, and offers to offer IT companies price greater than £2million with Akamai Technologies and Entrust Europe.

A Department of Health spokesperson stated: “The NHS COVID Pass is an important part of international travel – usable in 68 countries – and remains an essential part of plans to keep
certification as an option of last resort.”

A supply added that Covid passes stay an choice to stop unsustainable strain on the NHS.


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