Arizona Republican Andy Biggs on Thursday introduced a law prohibiting federal agencies from creating “vaccine passports.”
Vaccine passports are a method some have proposed to demonstrate whether or not a person has been vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus.
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While supporters of such a system have said it would be helpful in reopening businesses and the travel industry, Republicans in Congress have condemned the idea as an invasion of privacy and an openness to privacy. government oversight.
“I am deeply disturbed that the Biden administration is even considering imposing vaccine passports on the American people,” Biggs said in a statement Thursday. “My private health care decisions – and yours – are nobody else’s business. Vaccine passports will not help our nation recover from COVID-19, on the contrary, they will simply impose more Big Brother surveillance on our society.
Fox News was unable to immediately contact Biggs to comment or verify when the White House alleged it would support a vaccine passport program – a statement that would contradict their position on the matter earlier this week.
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested on Tuesday that President Biden oppose passport vaccines.
“Let me be very clear about this. I know there have been a lot of questions,” Psaki said during a press briefing. “The government does not currently support, and we will not, a system that requires Americans to have a degree.”
She added: “There will be no federal immunization database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination certificate.”
Some countries in Europe, as well as Israel, are already using vaccine passports or developing similar tracking methods.
Hawaii pioneered the idea of a vaccine passport for travelers in their state, and New York became the first state to deploy a digital vaccine tracker, called the “Excelsior Pass”.
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Two Republican state lawmakers told Fox News they plan to introduce legislation to ban vaccine entrapment methods, calling the invasion of privacy a “slippery slope.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have also previously issued executive orders banning vaccine passports in their states.
Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.
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