The White House has ruled out the introduction of mandatory federal vaccination passports against Covid-19, saying the privacy and rights of citizens should be protected.
Programs to introduce such passports have been touted around the world as a way to allow the safe movement of people while fighting the pandemic.
But critics say such documents could be discriminatory.
The United States has said it does not and will not support a “system that requires Americans to own title.”
The country has reported more than 500,000 virus-related deaths and nearly 31 million cases, the highest number in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Speaking to reporters, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there would be no “federal vaccine database” or “federal mandate requiring everyone to get just one. vaccination certificate “.
“The government does not currently support and will not support a system that requires Americans to have a degree,” she said. “Our interest is very simple on the part of the federal government, that is Americans’ privacy and rights must be protected, and that these systems are not used against people unfairly.”
Countries around the world are considering the introduction of so-called vaccine passports, which would be used to show that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, as a way to safely reopen mass gatherings and travel.
In England, a “Covid status certification” system is being developed to allow concerts and sports matches to be held. It would record whether people had been vaccinated, recently tested negative, or had previously been vaccinated and recovered from Covid-19.
The European Union is also working on plans to introduce certificates, while in Israel a “Green Pass” is already available for anyone who has been fully vaccinated or who has recovered from Covid-19, whether they are must show to access facilities such as hotels, gymnasiums or theaters.
The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it does not currently support the requirement for vaccination passports for travel, due to uncertainty over whether vaccination prevents transmission and problems of discrimination.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he had brought forward April 19 as the date by which all American adults will be eligible for a Covid vaccine.
“We need to step up a whole-of-government approach that brings the whole country together and puts us on a war footing to truly defeat this virus,” he said.