The Biden administration has a new assault on freedom. Known as the “vaccine passport,” it creates an extensive caste system unheard of in the United States, contingent on whether or not individual citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
A vaccine passport would be carried like a driver‘s license or insurance card, providing proof of inoculation against the coronavirus. It would be mandatory for employment, boarding an airplane and such commonplace activities as visiting a restaurant, sporting event, movie theater or gym.
The far-reaching implications are alarming as complicit multi-national entities would be exchanging personal information and violating the privacy of travelers.
Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Director of Health Emergencies, Dr. Michael Ryan, told news media that vaccine passports should not be used as a requisite for travel due to “real practical and ethical concerns.” The WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is known as a propagandist for China, so this legitimate statement from Dr. Ryan comes as a welcome surprise.
On his first day in the Oval Office, among the myriad executive orders prepared by his handlers and awaiting his signature, frail Joe Biden signed a 200-page national coronavirus pandemic strategy, which he obviously had not read. The plan included a directive for multiple government agencies to “assess the feasibility” of linking COVID shots to international vaccination certificates and producing digital versions of them.
There are looming concerns about vaccine passports. WHO has said that international travelers should not be required to show proof that they’ve gotten a coronavirus vaccine — noting there are “critical unknowns” about how effective the vaccines are, especially with the spread of more infectious COVID variants. The Royal Society, an academy of sciences in the United Kingdom, stresses that any consideration of a vaccine passport system should take into account how well different vaccines fight the COVID variants.
But prudence stops with leftist unions and the Biden administration. Over two dozen airline trade organizations, labor unions and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have asked the Biden administration to “establish uniform guidance” for a method of proof of COVID-19 immunity, according to a letter sent last week to White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients.
That correspondence preceded even more appalling doubletalk from Biden surrogates. Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 response team, said in a press briefing that “it’s not the role of the government to hold that data and to do that,” when asked about vaccine passports. “But we do believe that when that gets done, there is a right way and a way that’s not as good,” Slavitt incoherently blathered. “And the right way is, it needs to be private, the data should be secure, the access to it should be free, it should be available both digitally and in paper, and in multiple languages, and it should be open source.”
How our personal information can be both “private, secure” and an “open source,” was never explained.