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DHS Taking “Close Look” At Vax Passport For Intl Travel

Axios reports: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the U.S. is “taking a very close look” at the possibility of requiring vaccine passports for international travel. While vaccine passports could be seen as helpful to reopening international travel, there is no one central international vaccine passport system, making them a target for …

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POLL: 70% Back Proof Of Vaccination For Air Travel

The Hill reports: Seventy percent of Americans favor vaccine verification while traveling by plane or staying in a hotel, a new PwC survey found. Over half of respondents to a survey released on Friday said they support policies that would prevent people who don’t show proof of vaccination from traveling. Only 14 percent said they would be upset if they …

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Ireland To Launch Vaccine Passport System By Mid-July

Reuters reports: Ireland plans to adopt a COVID-19 certificate to help citizens move more freely across the European Union from mid-July, but is not yet in a position to allow unencumbered travel from neighbouring Britain, senior ministers said on Friday. Ireland now has the strictest travel curbs in the EU. It advises citizens against non-essential travel, imposes fines on people …

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GOP Alabama Gov Signs Ban On Vaccine Passports

The Birmingham News reports: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law a bill to ban “vaccine passports,” which the legislation defines as any document issued by a state or local government to verify that a person has received a vaccination. The Legislature passed the bill on the last day of the session a week ago. The new law says …

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DeSantis Signs Sweeping Ban On Requiring Proof Of Vaccination, Suspends All Local Orders On Coronavirus

The Miami Herald reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis kept his promise and signed a bill into law Monday that bars businesses, schools and government entities across Florida from asking anyone to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. The bill is effective July 1, but DeSantis also on Monday said he would sign an executive order invalidating all remaining local emergency COVID …

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Venues Turn To Airport App Clear As Vaccine Passport

ABC News reports: Over 60 U.S. stadiums and other venues are deploying an app from Clear to verify people’s COVID-19 status, placing the New York company known for its airport security fast lanes at the forefront of a national debate over “vaccine passports.” As a business based on replacing physical IDs, tickets and credit cards with facial or fingerprint recognition, …

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GOP Idaho Gov Signs Order Banning Vaccine Passports

Via press release from GOP Idaho Gov. Brad Little: Governor Brad Little signed an executive order today banning any State of Idaho governmental entity from requiring so-called “vaccine passports” – or proof of COVID-19 vaccination for citizens to receive public services or access facilities. “Idahoans should be given the choice to receive the vaccine. We should not violate Idahoans’ personal …

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WH Won’t Support National Vaccination Database

The Washington Post reports: White House press secretary Jen Psaki batted down the suggestion that the Biden administration was eying a national vaccine verification card, saying unequivocally that the president would not support that. “The government is not now, nor will we be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” Psaki said. “There will be no federal …

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Texas Governor Signs Order Banning Vaccine Passports

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday banned state agencies, political subdivisions or organizations receiving public funds from creating “vaccine passports” or otherwise requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to receive services. “Texans are returning to normal life as more people get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. But as I’ve said all along, these vaccines …

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Fauci: Feds Won’t Mandate Vax Passports For Travel

CBS News reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview released Monday that the federal government won’t be mandating vaccine passports for travel and businesses. The White House has indicated that any potential passports would come from the private sector, with little direct involvement from the government. “I doubt that the federal government will be the main mover of a …

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Britain To Unveil Pilot Program On Vaccine Passports

CNN reports: The UK government says it plans to trial Covid-19 passports at snooker tournaments, comedy clubs and soccer matches over the coming weeks. As the country reopens, ministers hope the “covid-status certification” system will allow those who are vaccinated, have had a recent negative test or a positive test within six months to return to theaters, football matches, cinemas …

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DeSantis Signs Executive Order Banning Vax Passports

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Making good on a promise he delivered Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Friday banning the use of what he referred to as “so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports.” During a press conference in Tallahassee on Monday, DeSantis stated he would issue an executive order that would forbid local governments and businesses from requiring vaccine …

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Hawaii Govt Readying Launch Of Vaccine Passport App

Honolulu’s NBC News affiliate reports: State officials are moving toward issuing some type of vaccination passport to travel in and out of Hawaii as thousands of Hawaii residents get vaccinated against COVID-19 every day. Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the state can have travelers use the vaccination card as proof while waiting for an app to be ready. Officials at …

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DeSantis To Issue Order Banning Vaccine Passports

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that vaccine passports will not be required in the state of Florida. DeSantis said he will be issuing an executive order forbidding vaccine passports in the state. The governor is also calling on the Republican-led Legislature to consider a measure addressing “vaccine passports” but did not give specifics. “We are …

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Biden Admin Working On Vaccine Passport Standard

The Washington Post reports: The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials — often referred to as “vaccine passports” — that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen. The effort has gained momentum amid President Biden’s pledge that the nation will …

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Japan Joins China And EU On Vaccine Passports

Nikkei Asia reports: Japan will issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been inoculated against coronavirus, joining China, the European Union and other countries that have embraced vaccine passports aimed at opening up overseas travel, Nikkei has learned. The certificate can be managed on a mobile app and will be in line with international standards, allowing the carrier to …

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New York Launches Nation’s First Vaccine Passport

USA Today reports: Starting Friday, New Yorkers will be able to pull up a code on their cell phone or a printout to prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus that causes it. The first-in-the-nation certification, called the Excelsior Pass, will be useful first at large-scale venues like Madison Square Garden, but next week …

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EU Certificate Plan Would Allow Free Travel By Summer

The Associated Press reports: The European Union’s executive body proposed Wednesday issuing certificates that would allow EU residents to travel freely across the 27-nation bloc by the summer as long as they have been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID-19 or recovered from the disease. With summer looming and tourism-reliant countries anxiously waiting for the return of visitors amid the coronavirus …

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Biden Admin Pressured On Federal Vaccine Passport

Politico reports: States, airlines and tech companies are pressuring the Biden administration to develop a federal standard for vaccine passports — a policy that could speed the economic recovery but might also discriminate against disadvantaged groups and jeopardize privacy. Digital credentials showing proof of a person’s Covid-19 test results and vaccination status are rapidly being embraced as a tool to …

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