Battle Rages Over Vaccine Passports.
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Battle Rages Over Vaccine Passports
The Hill reported:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has urged his state’s GOP-controlled legislature to pass a law forbidding passes showing proof of coronavirus vaccination, while vowing to take executive action. Congressional Republicans have similarly slammed the passports, framing them as invasive.
The Biden administration has said it will provide guidance on the matter, but signaled the decisions will largely be left up to local governments and business owners.
“We’re going to provide guidance, just as we have through the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. “There’s currently an interagency process that is looking at many of the questions around vaccine verification.”
Americans Wake Up! Outlaw Technocrats Are Stealing Our Democracy.
The Defender reported:
Government technocrats, billionaire oligarchs, Big Pharma, Big Data, Big Media, the high-finance robber barons and the military industrial intelligence apparatus love pandemics for the same reasons they love wars and terrorist attacks.
… Now the medical cartel and its billionaire Big Tech accomplices have invoked the most potent, frightening and enduring enemy of all — the microbe.
And who can blame them? Increasing the wealth and power of the oligarchy is seldom a potent vessel for populism. Citizens accustomed to voting for their governments are unlikely to support policies that make the rich richer, increase political and social control by corporations, diminish democracy and reduce their civil rights.
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Vax, No Service? Vaccine Passports Are Coming and We’re Not Ready
Seattle Times reported:
“If vaccines become a passport to doing different things, we’re going to see the communities that have been already hardest hit by COVID being left behind,” Nicole Errett, a UW public health expert, told The New York Times.
The upside, of opening up faster, is irresistible. Microsoft is working in a consortium of medicine and Big Tech, called the Vaccination Credential Initiative. Slides from its early meetings show they are planning for a vax badge that would “enable a user to access a signed copy of their clinical data in a standard format, that can then be shared with another entity such as an airline, hotel, school, business, or event organizer.”
What You Need to Know About New York’s New ‘Vaccine Passport’
On Friday, New York became the first state to formally roll out a digital vaccination “passport” that residents can flash as proof that they’ve either gotten jabbed or tested negative for COVID-19. Per a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, the state developed the tech, dubbed Excelsior Pass, alongside IBM as a way to fast track openings of major venues like theaters, stadiums, and—of course—wedding receptions.
The new system could be considered a prelude to the sorts of vaccine passports being trialed in other parts of the country. Back in January, a handful of health and tech heavy-hitters including Microsoft, Oracle, and the Mayo Clinic threw their weight behind the Vaccine Credential Initiative, which announced plans to roll out its own spin on the vaccine passport by this summer. There’s also the World Health Organization’s newly announced efforts to spearhead its own Smart Vaccination Certificate, not to mention the Biden administration’s own internal plans to develop its own set of universal credentials, as the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
UK Now Considering Digital Face Scanning to Enter Pubs
The Summit reported:
“Britons could have their faces scanned to allow them to access pubs, gigs and sports events under one government-funded plan being drawn up for vaccine passports,” reports the London Times.
Two companies – Mvine and iProov – are working together on the system after being given a £75,000 grant by the government having already worked with the NHS on facial recognition technology in the form of the contact tracing app.
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