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China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code

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CNN International Correspondent David Culver shows his health QR code in Shanghai.

Chinese president Xi Jinping is pushing for a global Covid-19 tracking system using QR codes, to help fast-track international travel and business during the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: David Culver

At the virtual G20 leaders' meeting on Nov. 21, Chinese president Xi Jinping called on countries to coordinate a uniform set of policies and standards to ensure the "smooth functioning" of the global economy during the pandemic.

Said Xi, "China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes. We hope more countries will join this mechanism."

China's system uses an electronic barcode to store a person's travel and health history, issuing users a color code based on their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Other countries have introduced tracking app technology to monitor citizens' movements and potential exposure, but the systems are not coordinated.

Concerns about data privacy and the use of Chinese technology pose challenges to a QR system coordinated with Beijing.

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