As state and local authorities began to lift pandemic restrictions, some American lawmakers and political commentators have floated the idea of imposing a mandated COVID-19 vaccine passport, stirring heated controversy about the future of the post-pandemic world.
On Monday, the White House signaled it will not pursue a federally-mandated passport, but the executive office will work alongside partners in state and local governments, as well as the private sector, to help establish a framework for the idea.
“This is going to hit all — all parts of society. And so, naturally, the government is involved. But unlike parts of the world, the government here is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of its citizens,” Andy Slavitt, Acting Administration of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said.
“We view this as something that the private sector is doing and