Policy and Peace in Global Health: Political and Ethical Pros and Cons of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports

The Centre for Global Health (CGH) is proud to present its new crosscutting thematic focus on policy and peace. The launch of this new initiative is celebrated with an online event discussing the possibility of a divided world between the vaccinated and unvaccinated and the political and ethical questions it raises.

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This webinar has been recorded and can be viewed here:

Do COVID-19 vaccine passports threaten to divide the world by exacerbating global inequalities? This webinar will consider the ethical, legal, and political challenges of vaccine passports. Have privacy and technical issues been fully considered before specific COVID-19 measures have been put into place? (1) According to the European Union Commission, the objective of the COVID-19 vaccine passport policy is to gradually facilitate the free and safe movement of its citizens for work and tourism purposes, which has been stifled by the pandemic for over a year. (2)

This online event will address issues related to vaccination of the global population. What about individuals excluded from the vaccination process due to access to vaccines, medical concerns like pregnancy, ethnic minorities who are hesitant to the vaccines? We will consider the various conflicting interests, legal, political, economic, ethical or individual.

Join this live webinar as Scott Gates, leader of the Policy and Peace Crosscutting Theme at CGH leads invited speakers to discuss and reflect on this timely controversial topic.

More about the Policy and Peace Crosscutting Theme


Time Title Speaker
12.00 Welcome Image may contain: Person, Hair, Smile, Head, Jaw.Jeanette H. Magnus | Director, Centre for Global Health, UiO
12.05 Introduction Moderator - Scott Gates | Professor, Department of Political Science, UiO | Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
12.10 Why does Norway need a COVID-19 Vaccine passport now?

Espen Rostrup Nakstad | Deputy Director General, Norwegian Directorate of Health

12.15 Medical perspective on vaccine passports Are S. Berg | Senior Medical Officer, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)

Digital pandemic governance and the making of COVID-19 passports:

ethical and legal perspectives

Image may contain: Smile, Eyebrow, Eye, Jaw, Iris.Kristin B. Sandvik | Professor, Department of Criminology & Sociology of Law, UiO | Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies, PRIO

Mona Naomi Lintvedt | Doctoral Research Fellow, The Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL), UiO

12.40 Ethical arguments for and against vaccine passports Ingrid Miljeteig | Associate Professor & Deputy Director, Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting, University of Bergen
12:50 Panel debate and live Q&A with the audience

Webinar Format

This webinar format will include individual presentations from each of the speakers followed by a panel debate and a live Q&A session with the audience. All participants must register in order to receive the webinar link. Please note that this webinar will be recorded.


(1) EU vaccine passport: An ethical and legal minefield?

(2) European Commission: Coronavirus: Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate

Published June 7, 2021 1:41 PM - Last modified Feb. 3, 2022 12:47 PM