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Jan 14, 2022
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The government postponed consideration of the draft law on QR codes

The Cabinet of Ministers, together with the United Russia party, has postponed consideration of the bill on QR codes in the second reading, RIA Novosti reports.

Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova explained that such a decision was made due to “high uncertainty in the development of the epidemiological situation in the country.”

The document will be amended, according to which Russians without a QR code will be able to visit public places based on the result of a PCR test after February 1. In addition, the Ministry of Health will be able to set the validity period of the certificate for those who have a medical exemption from vaccination. The military and equivalent categories of citizens will receive certificates in compliance with data protection requirements.

Secretary of the United Russia General Council Andrei Turchak explained that the law on QR codes and amendments to it were being prepared in the context of the spread of the COVID-19 delta strain. Today, the bill must be adapted to the new conditions.

Recall that the State Duma was going to adopt a government bill on QR codes in public places by the end of January.

Fedot Tumusov, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Health Protection, noted that QR codes are already actively used in all regions of Russia, and a federal law is needed to establish a uniform framework for the application of these restrictions for all.

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