The EU hopes to have Covid-19 vaccine passports ready for use by this summer, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Friday, as optimism grows among some European nations for the restart of international travel.

“We are defendants of a measure on European scale, and it is with this objective that we work as presidents with the European Commission,” the PM said after a virtual meeting of the European Council.

“The hope we all have is that by the summer it will be possible for this document to exist.”

The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, is currently working on a digital document that will allow people to show they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and have tested negative for the virus. (RT)