UK eyes testing COVID-19 passports at mass gatherings

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 6, 2021

U.S. infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci on Monday said that he doesn't think the USA government will be the main mover behind vaccine passports, but those individual entities could do something with the idea.

"I doubt that the federal government will be the main mover of a vaccine passport concept", Fauci said on an episode of the Politico Dispatch podcast, according to CNN.

Fauci said he expects certain businesses and educational institutions to be the ones to create their own policies about vaccination.

"I'm not saying that they should or that they would, but I'm saying you could foresee how an independent entity might say, 'Well, we can't be dealing with you unless we know you're vaccinated.' But it's not going to be mandated from the federal government", he said.

Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 response team, also previously said the Biden administration is only providing guidance to the private sector on how to develop the so-called passports. "We view this as something that the private sector is doing, and we'll do what's important to us", he said at a press briefing.

"We have been concerned, and still are, that when you look at the level of protection after one dose, you can say is 80%, but it is somewhat of a tenuous 80%, because the level of, for example, neutralizing antibodies against the coronavirus, when you just leave it at one dose, the question is, how long does it last", he continued.

It comes as the number of fully vaccinated people in the United Kingdom - those who have received both doses - passed 5 million.

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