White House Rules Out Involvement In 'Vaccine Passports'

Headline Roundup April 6th, 2021

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday the Biden administration will not be supporting a "vaccine passport" system that requires Americans to carry a credential. "There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential," Psaki said. She added that that the decision to employ vaccination credentials would be left to nongovernmental entities in private and nonprofit sectors. Some states such as New York, however, are establishing a digital app people can use to offer proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative test. Florida and Texas governors recently issued executive orders prohibiting state and local governments from issuing vaccination credentials; the orders also prohibit businesses that receive state funding from requiring proof of vaccination.

Coverage from outlets across the political spectrum tended to highlight pushback from Republican lawmakers and states; some left-rated outlets also highlighted the U.K.'s ongoing debate surrounding a COVID-19 "passport" initiative.

White House Rules Out Involvement In 'Vaccine Passports'

From the Left
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The U.S. government won’t issue so-called vaccine passports, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, after Texas sought to limit their development because of privacy concerns.

“The government is not now, nor will we be, supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” Psaki told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.”

The administration wants to protect Americans’ privacy and doesn’t want vaccine passports “used against people unfairly,” Psaki...

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From the Center
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday ruled out the Biden administration playing any role in a "vaccine passport" system as Republican governors in particular balk at the concept.

"The government is not now, nor will we be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential. There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential," Psaki told reporters at a briefing.

The White House has been clear that it would defer to private companies if they wanted...

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From the Right
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The Biden administration insisted on Tuesday that the federal government will not be supporting any initiative to require credentials to prove a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status or a database to keep track of inoculations.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated comments she made at her March 29 press briefing, in which she said that the administration would not push for the use of what have colloquially been referred to as “vaccine passports.”

“Let me be very clear on this. I know there's been lots of questions,” Psaki said during...

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