The exalted Dr. Fauci has deemed us safe from federally mandated vaccine passports. During an interview with KTTV’s Elex Michaelson, Fauci predicted, “I don’t think you’re going to see a federal mandate about that. It might be at the local level though.” If Fauci is to be believed — a big if — then it will fall to Republicans in governor mansions and statehouses to prevent the historic political power grab that the vaccine passports represent.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has led the charge against the passports at the state level, declaring the measure “completely unacceptable” and suggesting that he might take his opposition beyond the halls of government administration even to barring private companies from requiring proof of vaccination. Mississippi governor Tate Reeves has expressed his displeasure as well. “I don’t support vaccine passports,” Reeves told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I don’t think it’s necessary. And I don’t, I don’t think it’s a good thing to do in America.”