• By The Financial District


Officials in Spain's capital rekindled the debate on so-called immunity passports on Tuesday as a way to avoid reintroducing a strict lockdown after imposing new measures to counter a flare-up in new COVID-19 infections.

Diaz Ayuso said that passport holders would be able to ignore confinement rules and access gyms, museums, cinemas and other indoor public places, a Euronews report said. "The key is that those who cannot infect others can have a normal life and take precautions for the vulnerable," Diaz Ayuso said.

"We ask that this document be studied, allowing us to demonstrate who at the moment cannot and will not be infected," she went on, adding: "It is a model that Spain and other countries should export." The experimental measure is to be rolled out in September . But there is no consensus on immunity passports, not even in Spain.

The national Minister for Health, Salvador Illa, told reporters on Tuesday evening that "no international organisation, nor any of the documents that we have prepared contemplate this type of actions."

WHO stressed in a scientific briefing released in April that there was no evidence people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.

They warned then that people who assume they are immune to a second infection may ignore public health advice and that immunity passports could instead increase the risk of continued transmission.