Biden administration working to create vaccine "passports"

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 29th, 2021 9:33 am

Last Updated Mar 31st, 2021 at 11:56 am

The Biden administration is working to develop a vaccine "passport" showing proof of immunization to assist in travel, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Airline and business groups have been lobbying the White House to create a standard credential to help mitigate confusion among travelers using regional credentials. The "passports" would provide proof of immunization or a negative COVID-19 test to ease travel, with airline and other travel agencies expressing hope that they would persuade the government to lift travel restrictions.

The Department of Health and Human Services is leading efforts.

"Our role is to help ensure that any solutions in this area should be simple, free, open source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people's privacy," said coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients at a March 12 briefing.

🔦 Several private-sector business are also creating vaccine passports, including the International Air Transport Association and IBM.


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