All you want to know about COVID Passport
The inoculated people against COVID-19 are raising concerns about ‘COVID Passport’ that will be required to travel and attend gatherings.
The Biden administration has said the government shouldn’t play a role in designing the requirements, but tech companies and travel-related trade groups should develop as some countries have done so.
Here’s all about ‘COVID passports.’
What is a COVID passport?
A COVID passport would be documentation that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and recently tested negative for the virus.
For this motive, the information about the vaccination and the negative test report would be stored on a mobile device.
Do COVID passports already exist?
The International Air Transport Association has developed a Smartphone app called ‘Travel Pass,’ which compiles a traveler’s vaccination status and test results into QR codes.
Emirates and Etihad Airways have said they would use the app, while American Airlines accepts a similar version called “VeriFLY.”
The European Union last week proposed a digital health pass and Denmark announced in February that it would work with businesses to develop a COVID passport.
Would COVID passports be used beyond air-travel?
COVID passports would be used for access to sporting events, concerts, or other social gatherings.
Israel is already using a green passport for this purpose.
New York state also tested an Excelsior Pass at Barclay’s Center and Madison Square Garden for the above.
Do travel groups want COVID passports?
The travel industries are hoping that COVID passports could push governments to ease restrictions.
In the US, they are pressing the Biden administration to develop comprehensive standards for vaccine passports and lift some restrictions.
But the Biden administration is staying out of it for now.
What are the risks of COVID passports?
COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t rule out the possibility that people who’ve been inoculated could still spread the virus.
The WHO says the inoculated people wouldn’t be a guarantee that they are immune from spreading the virus.
What are the objections to COVID passports?
Critics say the tools would primarily benefit wealthier people.
“It’s going to be the wealthy, the privileged, who are going to get to fly around, and other people won’t have access to that,” Lisa Eckenwiler, a health ethics professor said.
Consumers may also be worried about privacy and sharing health information that could be vulnerable to hacking.