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  • published Vaccine Passports in News 2021-04-03 09:25:37 -0500

    Vaccine Passports

    Do Vaccine Passports Necessarily Equate to Bigger Government?

    April 2, 2021

    by Liz Solomon

     

    It was Hippocrates who said, "As to diseases, make a habit of two things — to help, or at least, to do no harm." Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have mandated lockdowns, masks, quarantines, school closures, and now they are proposing that their citizens carry "Vaccine Passports." 

    On January 21, 2021, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 13998, which calls for recommendations from various "respective agencies [to] impose additional public health measures for domestic travel." Shortly after that, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) began looking into a global solution. The solution is a "vaccine passport," proof that you are free from the infectious disease COVID-19. These organizations propose a solution that is "simple, free, open-source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people's privacy," Jeff Zients, a WHO representative, said at a public briefing on March 12, 2021. The vaccine passport would show proof of either having had COVID-19, a recent, negative COVID-19 test, or having received a COVID-19 vaccination. We've allowed the government to dictate and normalize free citizens' behaviors, essentially giving the government more power throughout the pandemic. Let us consider the virtues and defects of the vaccine passport and answer the question, "Do vaccine passports necessarily equate to bigger government?" 

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