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Parliamentary questions
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29 May 2020
Priority question for written answer P-003266/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Elżbieta Rafalska (ECR), Beata Szydło (ECR)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: New forms of discrimination in connection with COVID-19

During this coronavirus pandemic we have seen evidence of human, intergenerational solidarity, but also new and worrying behaviour, such as attacks on people with COVID-19 or in quarantine, and on medical staff.

We are now hearing that some countries are proposing to give immunity certificates to people who have been vaccinated or infected with coronavirus. What is more, jobseekers are also starting to mention having already had coronavirus on their CVs. In connection with this there is a justified fear of citizens’ basic rights being curtailed and sensitive medial data being processed by insurance firms, and a risk of discrimination.

In this context I would like to ask:

1. Does the Commission have any data on cases of discrimination against people with COVID-19 or against medical staff?

2. How does the Commission view the idea of immunity certificates or mentioning having had COVID-19 in documents such as CVs, and does it see a risk in this of discrimination, with a distinction being drawn between those who have already acquired immunity and those who have not?

3. Does the Commission recognise the risk of creating a two-tier society, in which people who have recovered from COVID-19 could enjoy all kinds of freedoms, while those who have followed instructions but not yet fallen ill would not have those same freedoms?

Original language of question: PL
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