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White House looks to minimise federal role in US ‘vaccine passports’

March 30, 2021


The Biden administration has dismissed the idea of a federal programme for so-called ‘vaccine passports’, and confirmed that there are no plans for a centralised Covid-19 vaccine database.

In a press conference on 29 March, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services acting administrator Andrew Slavitt said: “Unlike other parts of the world, the government here is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of citizens.”

Slavitt confirmed that the US government does believe that vaccine passports are something the private sector will roll out independently.