Joe Biden has flirted with the idea of creating a vaccine passport that will say who and who has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus in order for them to get access to certain venues.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went off on Wednesday and said mandating a vaccine passport sound like something communist China would do.
“Thanks to the safe vaccines from Operation Warp Speed, we will defeat the virus. But forcing Americans to carry a ‘vaccine passport’ to go about daily life is unacceptable in a free society,” McCarthy wrote on social media. “That’s something you’d expect in Communist China. Not in the United States of America.”
Thanks to the safe vaccines from Operation Warp Speed, we will defeat the virus. But forcing Americans to carry a “vaccine passport” to go about daily life is unacceptable in a free society.
That’s something you’d expect in Communist China. Not in the United States of America.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 7, 2021
McCarthy’s comments come after Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning state agencies, political subdivisions, and organizations receiving public funds from creating “vaccine passports” or otherwise requiring someone to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to receive services.
“Every day, Texans return to normalcy as more people get the COVID vaccine. In fact, this week, Texas will surpass 13 million doses administered. Those shots help slow the spread of COVID, reduce hospitalizations, and reduce fatalities. But, as I have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced,” Abbott explained.
“Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives. … We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health. And we will do so without treading on Texans’ personal freedoms,” he added.
Abbott also “forbade any ‘public or private entity’ that receives government funding, such as loans, grants, and contracts, from withholding service or entry to Texans who do not have proof that they received inoculation.”
Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis also recently took similar action.
DeSantis signed an executive order to forbid COVID passports in the State of Florida.
The governor has also called on the Republican-led Legislature to push forth a measure addressing ‘vaccine passports.”
“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said earlier. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”
“You want the fox to guard the henhouse?” DeSantis said. “I mean, give me a break.”
“I think this is something that has huge privacy implications,” he continued. “It is not necessary to do. You know, we’re going to have hit 3.5 million seniors that have gotten shots sometime this week. Likely 75% of seniors. It’s important to be able to do it. But at the same time, we are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally.”
“And I am going to be taking some action, in the executive function, emergency function here, very shortly,” the governor added.
The Washington Post earlier reported that the Biden administration was looking into a “COVID passport.”
“The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials — often referred to as ‘vaccine passports’ — that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen,” the Washington Post reported.
“The effort has gained momentum amid President Biden’s pledge that the nation will start to regain normalcy this summer and with a growing number of companies — from cruise lines to sports teams — saying they will require proof of vaccination before opening their doors again,” the report continued.
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Author: Martin Walsh