Traveling, going to concerts, and even eating out will never be the same if Biden pulls this off.
According to recent reports, the Biden administration is moving forward with a “vaccine passport” initiative that could potentially be required for all travel, large venues, sporting events, and restaurants.
The report comes as U.S. airlines, travel and labor groups push the Biden administration to develop a government-backed, standardized vaccine credential to ensure and accelerate safe economic recovery.
In other words, large corporations in the U.S. are pressuring Biden to produce a “vaccine passport” to alleviate themselves from the responsibility, and liability, of contributing to another spread of COVID-19.
This would have horrendous consequences for American’s right to privacy.
According to a source close to the matter, Biden’s Health and Human Services team is currently leading the research and development of a vaccine passport. The White House has declined to answer any questions about the initiative.
The initiative has presented multiple challenges for the administration, including data privacy issues and healthcare equity.
However, this isn’t the first we’ve heard about a vaccine passport. A collaboration between tech and health care companies, The Vaccine Credential Initiative, have already developed technology that would store a patient’s vaccine history in a digital wallet on a person’s smartphone. The collaborators are prepared to roll-out the technology on a massive scale with funding from the Biden administration.
Some experts say the moves are premature.
“Our primary focus should be on getting as many people vaccinated as possible.”
“We can analyze the data from the vaccine pool once enough people are immunized, ” L.J Tan, CSO at the Immunization Action Coalition said.
Nita Farany, a professor at Duke University, expressed concerns of vaccine passports creating a “two-tiered society” in which vaccinated individuals become a privileged class who may access public spaces, jobs and travel versus those who may not.
The United States has administered 143,462,691 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Sunday morning and distributed 180,646,465 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Sunday.
Author: Susan Whitfield