Authorities discussed the new name of the document with QR codes

The authorities are discussing options for the name of the document for the vaccinated and ill with Covid. At the same time, the use of the term “QR-code” is planned to be minimized due to the generally negative attitude of citizens towards it

The Kremlin and the government are discussing the possible names of the document, according to which the citizens who have a medical rejection from vaccination will be able to visit public places when restrictions are imposed due to the coronavirus epidemic. Two sources close to the presidential administration and an interlocutor close to the government told RBC about this.

At the same time, the authorities plan to minimize the use of the term “ QR code '' in public rhetoric, two sources close to the Kremlin said.

QR code & mdash; it is only a tool for transmitting information, such as a flash drive, a federal official told RBC. Using the QR code, you can find out information about a person's vaccination or previous illness. The document itself, which allows you to significantly expand covid restrictions, should be called something else, he adds.

At present, with the help of sociological research, various options are being tested of what name might be used in Russia for a document for vaccinated and officially ill citizens when restrictions are imposed, RBC sources say. Among the options being discussed, according to two interlocutors of RBC, & mdash; health passport, health certificate, green passport (Green pass), 'kovipass', 'sanitary passport' etc.

At the round table of the Expert Institute for Social Research (EISR), close to the internal political bloc of the Kremlin, which took place on November 18 and was devoted to the international experience of using QR codes and their application in Russia, the participants stated, among other things, that the QR code system has been introduced in many countries, but other names are used in the public space. For example, Health pass, Covid Save Ticket, Green pass, etc.

Most likely, the final name of the document, on which the Russian authorities will stop, will be officially fixed, says one of the sources: this can be done by amendments to the second reading of draft laws on QR codes or by a document from the headquarters for combating coronavirus.

In government bills that suggest the possibility of introducing QR codes on air and rail transport, as well as in public places, the abstract term “ documentation '' is now used, which confirms the vaccination, the presence of contraindications to it, or the fact of a past illness. The documentation 'contains a two-dimensional barcode (QR code)', the bills say.

Many people perceive negatively the term QR code itself, says one of the interlocutors of RBC, referring to closed social studies that show that slightly more than 50% of Russians have a negative attitude towards it, & mdash; among them, both vaccinated and not vaccinated, with a possible increase in the number of negative attitudes. Some people consider the phrase “ QR code '' satanic, someone perceives him through the prism of limiting freedoms, explains the interlocutor of RBC.

“ In the history of our country, there was a lot of all this: '666, the number of the beast' '' mdash; popular images among not very educated Orthodox. & hellip; A little earlier, people had a categorical rejection of the INN & hellip; Now everyone has an INN, and nothing terrible has happened. It's the turn of QR codes & raquo;, & mdash; said in an interview with RBC, the head physician of the psychiatric hospital. Alekseeva (formerly & mdash; Kashchenko Hospital), Moscow's chief freelance psychiatrist Georgy Kostyuk, explaining the reasons for Russians' fears of vaccination and denial of the pandemic.

According to him, “ … people admit that someone has learned to do what seemed inaccessible yesterday. '' “ & hellip; Someone thought real conspiracy the idea that Bill Gates developed the chips [and implants them into people along with the vaccine]. Next & mdash; this is already a matter of technology. Who knows what 5G is? What if it is something that is really capable of [infecting the coronavirus]? In addition, viruses are also digital. It is not difficult to convince yourself of this if you initially took a position on the creation of a digital gulag and other similar theories '', & mdash; explained Kostyuk.

The very name 'QR code', and why this name is used, is not clear to citizens: 'This does not correspond to the social practice of people from the point of view of everyday life … Use of the term 'QR code' increases alertness, can be intimidating and generate negative connotations in people who are already anxious about innovations, seeing them as various threats, '' & mdash; says Viktor Poturemsky, director of political analysis at the Institute of Social Marketing. If the authorities use, for example, the word “ passport '', then it will be much clearer: “ Everyone, even small children, knows what a passport is, '' & mdash; says the expert.

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Immunologist said that asymptomatic patients should be given QR codes

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Specialist in especially dangerous infections, immunologist, doctor of medical sciences Vladislav Zhemchugov said that asymptomatic patients should be given QR codes, since they have higher immunity to coronavirus than vaccinated ones, TASS reports .

“ It is bad that those people who have had asymptomatic illness are not perceived within the framework of herd immunity. They have the same, and even more powerful, immunity than those who were vaccinated. They must also be taken into account. Those who are ill always give more immunity than the vaccine – this is the law. They need to give the QR code first of all '', & mdash; he said.

Zhemchugov stressed that this is especially true for those who have undergone the delta strain. In this case, immunity lasts for at least a year, so such people are most valuable to the population.

Earlier, the federal headquarters reported that the level of collective immunity to COVID-19 has risen in Russia. Now this figure is at around 49%.

The first component in the country has been vaccinated 63,124,096 times. The full vaccination cycle was carried out about 58 million times. & Nbsp;

Compared to last week & nbsp; the level of herd immunity in Russia increased by 1%.


Shanghai Disneyland reopens — with face masks, social distancing and QR health codes

Shanghai Disneyland reopens — with face masks, social distancing and QR health codes

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A visitor dressed as a Disney character takes a selfie while wearing a protective face mask at Shanghai Disney Resort as the Shanghai Disneyland theme park reopens following a shutdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, May 11, 2020. 


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Shanghai’s Disneyland became the first Disney amusement park to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, sending a strong signal of recovery in Shanghai. But it was not back to normal.

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The park, which had been closed for three months, took numerous precautions to ensure safety and prevent crowding, including limiting visitor numbers to well below normal. Disney’s chief executive officer, Bob Chapek, said that the company hopes to increase the number of visitors by 5,000 each week until it reaches the 30% cap set by the government.

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Opening day tickets sold out within minutes, and tickets for the rest of the week sold out quickly as well. Many of those who came on opening day were annual pass holders, eager to return with their children whom they dressed up as Disney characters.

A girl wearing face mask poses for a picture at Shanghai Disney Resort as the Shanghai Disneyland theme park reopens following a shutdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, May 11, 2020. 


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With school still not back in session for younger students in Shanghai, parents were taking advantage of the reopening to enjoy some added perks, including shorter lines and fewer crowds. Xia Yang, a 29-year-old father from Shanghai, brought his two children to the park with his wife to celebrate his 4-year-old son’s birthday. “It felt great! The lines were so short, only five to 10 minutes for each attraction. In the peak season, we normally have to wait over two hours for some rides,” he said.

Daisy Chen, 35, from Fujian province, took the day off her job as a marketing executive in Shanghai to bring her 5-year-old daughter Nuan Bao to the park. Dressed as Minnie Mouse, she and her daughter were selected to join the opening ceremony and got to see all the Disney characters appear — a special opening-day perk that was not afforded to regular visitors.

Actors dressed as Disney characters are seen at Shanghai Disney Resort as the Shanghai Disneyland theme park reopens following a shutdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, May 11, 2020. 


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During this reopening period, the park has announced that there will be no close-up photo opportunities with Disney employees dressed up as characters.

“We didn’t really join in any big shows, because some of the shows were closed, but it was just fun, happy to hear the music, to see everyone smile, although everyone was wearing the masks and the social distance was kept very well,” she said.

The park enforced social distancing through stickers on the ground to show people where to stand in line. Visitors had to go through multiple temperature checks and had to provide their health QR code, which is used as a safety measure to track individuals’ contacts.

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Workers wearing face masks prepare social distancing markers at Shanghai Disney Resort a day before the Shanghai Disneyland theme park reopens following a shutdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, May 10, 2020. 


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All employees and most visitors were wearing masks, and hand sanitizer was provided at entrances to indoor areas. The park has suspended parades, fireworks and performances during this period. But play areas outside the park were filled with children climbing up and down on the playground equipment.

Luna Qian, from Shanghai, brought her sons, ages 6 and 3, to the park with her husband. “I think if it wasn’t safe enough, they wouldn’t open Disneyland, so I see everything they take care, like hand wash, hand sanitizers, and people have distance so, I feel quite safe,” she said.

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Even with the lower numbers in the park, there were plenty of people in the surrounding Disneytown shopping area. Visitors streamed out with shopping bags full of merchandise. Inside the Disney store, Jennifer Wong and her husband were wandering the aisles with their 4-year old daughter. “She’s so happy, she’s been inside for so long, she was really wanting to come,” she said. “Every time we come here, we always have to buy something. Today, we’ll probably buy her a watch.”

Reopening the park sends a strong signal of economic recovery to Shanghai and China.