As European countries ponder new ways to regain some sense of normalcy moving into a potentially post-pandemic summer, COVID-19 vaccination passports are becoming a hot topic of conversation. Will the Biden administration follow suit?
The European Union recently proposed a “Digital Green Certificate to facilitate the safe free movement of citizens within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic” which would be available in June, The Washington Post reports.
President Biden’s administration has been considering this option since January when he issued an executive order with the section, “Action to Implement Additional Public Health Measures for Domestic Travel.” The order gives public health authorities such as the secretary of state, the secretary of HHS and the secretary of homeland security the power to assess the feasibility of implementing a vaccination passport protocol for Americans.
However, the World Health Organization maintains “national authorities and conveyance operators should not introduce requirements of proof of COVID-19 vaccination for international travel as a condition for departure or entry, given that there are still critical unknowns regarding the efficacy of vaccination in reducing transmission.”
Both the process and the effectiveness of vaccination passports remain in question. Even so, the U.S. Travel Association and other groups have asked the Biden administration to set a May 1 deadline to come up with a plan to reopen the U.S. to international visitors.
“If nothing is done to lift international travel bans and bring back demand, the U.S. Travel Association estimates that a total of a 1.1 million American jobs will not be restored and $262 billion in export spending will be lost by the end of 2021,” the groups wrote in a letter to the administration.
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SOURCE: Charisma News