President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told the Politico Dispatch podcast on Monday that the federal government will not force post-pandemic travelers or businesses to use vaccine passports.
Why it matters: Presenting a passport with a vaccination certificate can speed up the reopening of international travel, but the idea of requiring an immunization certificate has become a point of contention, especially among Republican officials.
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (Ron DeSantis) banned the use of vaccine passports in his state on Friday.
What are they talking aboutFauci said: “I doubt that the federal government will become the main driver of the vaccine passport concept.”
- “They may be involved in ensuring that things are carried out fairly and fairly, but I doubt whether the federal government will be the main factor.”
Fauci pointed out He believes that companies or schools may need vaccine passports to enter buildings.
- “I’m not saying that they should or should do it, but you want you to foresee how an independent entity would say:’Well, unless we know you have been vaccinated, we will not be able to deal with you,” but it will not be handled by the federal government. Mandatory. “
Big picture: The European Union announced its vaccine passport proposal in March, which will allow COVID-19 citizens who can prove that they have been vaccinated or who have recently tested negative for COVID-19 to pass through the border without quarantine.