Biden administration looks to organize ‘vaccine passport’ development

Biden administration looks to organize ‘vaccine passport’ development

New York’s IBM-developed Excelsior Pass.

The Biden administration is working on plans for how to manage credentials that would let people prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, The Washington Post reported. Often referred to as “vaccine passports,” these credentials could be displayed on free smartphone apps or printed. Many companies say they’ll ask for proof of vaccination before letting people attend concerts or travel.

Organizing a unified system for these types of credentials will be hugely complicated, and the stakes are high: an inconsistent array of options would be confusing and could hurt public health efforts, officials said in a March 2nd meeting of the Federal Health IT Coordinating Council. “A chaotic and ineffective vaccine credential approach could…

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