White House says it Won’t Be Involved in Vaccine Passports

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Biden spokesperson Jen Psaki says that the Bide administration will not play a role in vaccine passports. The comments come after multiple Republican governors sharply rebuked the idea of making Americans provide proof of vaccination to businesses.

The Hill reports:

“The government is not now, nor will we be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential. There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential,” Psaki told reporters at a briefing.

“Our interest is very simple from the federal government, which is American’s privacy and rights should be protected so that these systems are not used against people unfairly,” Psaki said.

The federal government will provide guidance about privacy related to the coronavirus vaccines, Psaki said, though she did not provide a timeline.

The World Health Organization on Tuesday cautioned that the use of vaccine passports may not be an effective way to reopen global travel, citing the lack of vaccinations in certain pockets of the world.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order banning vaccine passports in the state.


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