BERLIN, March 1 (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom said
on Monday it had submitted a pitch to the German government to
design a digital vaccination passport, as part of European
efforts to reopen travel for those who have protection against
A spokesman confirmed that the telecoms group had submitted
a bid under a tender that was called last week and closed on
Monday. CEO Tim Hoettges told reporters on Friday that Deutsche
Telekom planned to put in a bid.
Health Minister Jens Spahn wants the vaccination passports
ready in 12 weeks as part of EU plans under which they would
serve as proof that a holder is vaccinated or has recovered from
the viral disease and thus have a degree of protection against
The EU executive aims to present its plans for a "digital
green pass" on March 17 and to cooperate with international
organisations to ensure its system also works beyond the EU,
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on
Deutsche Telekom, which is partly state owned, co-designed a
German smartphone app that uses Bluetooth short-range radio
chatter between devices to pinpoint and alert those at risk of
The Corona Warn App, which has been downloaded nearly 26
million times, was created in partnership with SAP.
The business software group said, however, that it was not part
of the bid for the digital vaccination passport.
U.S. software giant Microsoft declined to comment
on reports that it was participating in the tender.
Germany already uses passport-sized yellow booklets to keep
an individual's vaccination record. Under existing plans, these
records - which do not confer any travel privileges - are due to
go digital next year.
(Reporting by Nadine Schimroszik, Writing by Douglas Busvine,
Editing by Susan Fenton)