Dr. Anthony Fauci has said the US government will not require Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 to use so-called “vaccine passports.”
The idea behind these passports is that they provide proof of vaccination so that people can perform everyday tasks such as eating in restaurants, traveling, shopping, and so on.
But they have also raised concerns about privacy and whether it discriminates against people who choose not to be vaccinated – although such a system is unlikely to work in the US, as it would have to be implemented equally in all 50 states.
During a performance on the POLITICO Shipping Monday morning podcast, the country’s top infectious disease expert said the Biden government will not mandate its use.
“You could envision how an independent entity might say,” Well, we can’t be dealing with you unless we know you’ve been vaccinated, “Fauci told host Jeremy Siegel.
“But it won’t be imposed by the federal government.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an appearance on the POLITICO Dispatch podcast Monday morning that the US government will not require the use of vaccine passports. Pictured: Fauci at a White House press conference, January 2021
Vaccine passports would use a QR code to provide proof of immunization so Americans can perform daily activities (file image)
Last month, the European Union came up with a proposal for vaccine passports or, as it calls them, digital green certificates.
Those vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested negative can travel through all 27 member states.
As of Monday, only one U.S. state, New York, has rolled out a COVID-19 vaccine passport.
Called the Excelsior Pass, New Yorkers can upload results – either with a negative test in the last 72 hours or two weeks since their last dose – to enter stadiums, theaters, and other venues.
But several lawmakers, mostly from the GOP, argue that the government’s proof of vaccination is being exceeded.
In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order prohibiting government agencies from issuing vaccine passports or requiring private companies to demand them.
Last week, Pennsylvania state senators began drafting legislation to ban vaccine passports from being used to deny entry to people.
And in Montana, lawmakers voted to ban discrimination based on immunization status.
“I doubt the federal government will be the main initiator of a vaccine passport concept,” Fauci said.
However, he noted that while the federal government will not introduce vaccine passports, he believes individual businesses, such as theaters or schools, may require the passports to enter.
Rutgers University in New Jersey became the first in the country to require all students to be vaccinated before arriving on campus in the fall.
Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, said individual companies, such as theaters or schools, may require them to access, as 32% of the population has received at least one dose.
The US vaccinates between three and four million people every day, which should help cut the rising number of cases, Fauci says
Currently, the number of cases in the US is increasing at an average of about 60,000 per day, similar to what was seen during the summer of 2020.
On the podcast, Fauci said one way to reduce the number of cases is by ramping up vaccinations.
According to the CDC, 106.2 million Americans – 32 percent of the population – have received at least one dose, and 61.4 million – 18.5 percent – have been fully immunized.
“The vaccine situation is truly a remarkable success story,” he said.
‘We introduce between three and four million vaccinations a day. So every day that passes, we get the land better and better protected. ‘