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Vaccine passports: Is the government building a national digital identity database?

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hen transport secretary Grant Shapps announced this week that the NHS app – not the one doing test and trace, but the one that lets you book appointments with your GP – was going to house our much-awaited vaccine passports, the news was greeted with general delight.

At last! Holidays were on the near horizon and they would provide just the tonic we all needed after almost a year and a half of Covid pandemic misery.

What few were asking in the general celebration was just why the NHS App – which also provides a portal into our GP medical records – had been chosen as the vehicle to get us on to airplanes and across international borders.

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