Vaccine Passports for Travel Carry Many Ethical, Practical Problems

Vaccine passports are already being adopted in some countries. In the United States, the Biden administration is working with private companies to set guidelines for a passport system, even if it won’t be mandated federally. A passport means proof of COVID-19 immunization would be required to fly on planes, attend concerts, or enter other venues where crowds gather.

Two guests—Dr. Sarah Chan, a bioethicist at the University of Edinburgh Medical School; and Jeff Price, probably the world’s top expert in aviation security and airport management—discuss the many ethical and practical challenges of a vaccine passport, particularly when it comes to travel.

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