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‘Vaccine Passports’ In Development Under Biden Administration

The Biden admin would like federal “vaccine passports” to become the standard form of proof that individuals have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus

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Though the White House has declined to answer questions on the passport initiative, pointing to public statements of others made this month is just as clear. The Washington Post reports Biden’s administration, along with private companies, are working to develop “vaccine passports” to become the standard form of proof that individuals have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

Five officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said the White House’s initiatives are being driven largely by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Washington Post reports, “The White House this month took on a bigger role coordinating government agencies involved in the work, led by coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients, with a goal of announcing updates in coming days, said one official.”

In a March 12 briefing, Zients said “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.”

The Washington Post states passports are “expected to be free and available through applications for smartphones, which could display a scannable code similar to an airline boarding pass” and those without smartphones will be able to print out a paper copy, according to developers.

The Washington Post has also identified at least 17 passport initiatives, including the Biden administration, which is “one of the most significant hurdles facing federal officials.” Of the initiatives, which include a “World Health Organization-led global effort and a digital pass devised by IBM that is being tested in New York state – are rapidly moving forward, even as the White House deliberates about how best to track the shots and avoid the perception of a government mandate to be vaccinated.”

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  1. Lori C Weir

    March 29, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Government “papers” necessary for travel, shopping, work? We are becoming a totalitarian state. It’s no one business what my medical history is. Citizens should not be forced to put chemicals in their body to participate in society. If the vaccines work, then those vaccinated should have nothing to worry about.

  2. John

    March 29, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Mark of the devil.

  3. Gary Mallinger

    March 29, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Passports! We don’t need no stinken passports.

  4. tom

    March 29, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    “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.”……………….. so kinda like voter ID?

  5. Ross Vaughan

    March 29, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    KISS JOBS GOODBYE WITHOUT THIS GOV’T I.D. !!
    This is the beginning of tracking every one’s movements around the country.
    We will lose freedom of movement and association

  6. Badon

    March 29, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    only the sheep would do that.
    why get a vaccine when the recovery rate from Covid is 99+%.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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At Least 3 US Airlines Will Restore Flight Privileges To Some Mask Violators

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At least three major U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines – have now said they will allow some passengers who were banned from their planes over mask violations to have their flight privileges restored – determined on a case-by-case basis.

On Wednesday, Delta released a statement saying, “At Delta, nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and our people. With masks now optional, Delta will restore flight privileges for customers on the mask non-compliance no-fly list only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us.”

“Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta’s permanent no-fly list. Customers who demonstrated egregious behavior and are already on the permanent no-fly list remain barred from flying with Delta,” the statement added.

United Airlines similarly announced it will allow passengers it banned for not following mask rules to be allowed to fly again.

“On a case-by-case basis, we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” United Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines will also allow passengers banned for violating mask rules “to resume travel at some point in time,” according to the company’s chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.

“In cases where an incident may have started with face mask noncompliance and escalated into anything involving something more serious, or certainly an assault on one of our key members or customers, those passengers are going to remain on our permanent internal refuse list and will never be allowed to travel with us again,” Gatten said.

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