Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis rejected vaccination passports that would certify that a citizen is vaccinated against COVID-19. Currently, this strategy is being tested in New York state and, according to The Washington Post, the Biden administration is evaluating implementing it nationwide.
“We always said we wanted to provide the vaccine for everyone, but not force it on anyone,” Ron DeSantis said Monday at a press conference.
On Sunday, the Post reported that the Biden administration is working with Big Tech to develop vaccine passport technology. Five administration officials told the news outlet that these efforts are being led by Jeffrey Zients, Biden’s COVID-19 czar.
“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,” Zients said at a press conference.
Ron DeSantis said he would assume an executive role and an emergency role and urged the state Republican legislature to propose legislation banning vaccination passports.
“It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” DeSantis said.
EFE said that last Monday a coalition of major U.S. airlines and other travel associations requested in a letter to the White House to prepare a plan by May 1 with which international travel to the United States can resume altogether.
That plan, they said, should include principles for the development of health credentials, such as vaccination certificates, with the goal of eliminating bans such as the one banning travel from most of Europe, which has been in place for more than a year.