As a coronavirus measure, Chinese President Xi Jinping, in late November, at the G20 summit, called for people to be barcoded so that their travel can be monitored. Now, Big Tech is pursuing a similar idea.
According to a new report from The Hill, Big Tech is developing a way for businesses, airlines, and countries to be able to check to see if an individual has received a coronavirus vaccine.
This is part of the Vaccination Credential Initiative, which was announced this past week. It is being led by Microsoft, Oracle, and the Mayo Clinic.
According to The Hill, what these companies are doing is trying to develop a “digital COVID-19 vaccination passport.” Essentially, it would be a way for an individual to prove that he or she has been vaccinated.
“The goal of the Vaccination Credential Initiative is to empower individuals with digital access to their vaccination records so they can use tools like CommonPass to safely return to travel, work, school, and life, while protecting their data privacy,” Paul Meyer, a representative of the project, said in a recent press release.
Another representative, Mike Sicilia, said that the passport “needs to be as easy as online banking.”
Get ready. It’s coming.
According to The Hill, this is being done in anticipation of a requirement – whether it be by businesses, schools, or even countries – to show proof of having received a coronavirus vaccine in order to enter.
We have already seen a similar idea being carried out. The United States, for example, has been requiring some travelers to the United States to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding their flight to America.
Considering that this is already taking place, it seems very possible that a proof-of-vaccination requirement will follow at some point.
A big question . . .
. . . is whether the risk of a non-vaccinated individual spreading the coronavirus justifies allowing the government to take away some of that individual’s personal liberty by forcing him or her to get vaccinated?
In practice, requiring an individual to show some kind of digital vaccination passport in order to participate in life will do just that. It will amount to the government forcing people to get vaccinated.
Are you willing to give up some of your personal liberty for a modicum of safety? If you are, how do you stop the government from using similar justifications to take away more personal liberty in the future? These are the kinds of questions that every American ought to be asking.