The White House ruled out on Tuesday from imposing any form of coronavirus vaccine passport on the United States, but said private companies were free to explore the idea.
“The government does not and will not currently support a system that requires Americans to have a degree. There will be no federal immunization database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination certificate.” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
The so-called vaccine passports, showing someone has been vaccinated against Covid-19, have been touted around the world as a potentially powerful tool to safely reopen countries to mass gatherings and travel.
However, the idea has sparked widespread recession over concerns about potential invasions of privacy or other violations of civil rights.
Psaki said the greatest interest comes from private companies looking to reopen venues where “there are large groups of people,” such as in stadiums or theaters.
She said the government would issue “guidance” with “important answers to questions Americans have, particularly regarding concerns about privacy, security or discrimination.”
“Our interest is very simple on the part of the federal government, which is Americans’ privacy and rights must be protected, and for these systems not to be used against people unfairly,” Psaki said.
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