Yahoo Finance  |  March 5, 2021

“It would be extraordinarily difficult in the U.S.,” Georgetown Law professor Lawrence O. Gostin said about the government adopting a certification system aimed at restraining Americans’ liberties absent proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

“How can we assure this information is held private, and it won’t be given out to police, employers, immigration, or other places?” Gostin asked.

And with a vaccine passport system, he added, enormous privileges automatically extend to privileged populations that often have greater access to vaccines, opening the door to potential discrimination claims.

“Do we really want to give already very privileged people more privilege, while the poor and racial minorities are left behind? Racial minorities have been vaccinated at much lower rates, and they’re also distrustful of vaccines, and so it puts them at a disadvantage,” Gostin said.

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