Global Vaccine Equity Is Much More Important Than ‘Vaccine Passports’

Global Vaccine Equity Is Much More Important Than ‘Vaccine Passports’

As the U.S. and U.K. vaccinate their populations much faster than initially anticipated, two disparate concepts have been swirling online in English-language vaccine discourse: the moral need for global vaccine equity and the consumer-driven desire for vaccine passports. In addition to keeping vaccines within their borders, countries can control who receives vaccines and who doesn’t within those borders. A vaccine passport conflates the notions of biology, nationalism and surveillance; it builds on and passively accepts the ethics of passport privilege in general. Wouldn’t that be a more noble goal than conferring passport privilege on some and denying it to others? A vaccine record is a very different concept than a vaccine passport, however.

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