Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a Friday interview with Newsweek that it’s “quite possible” the COVID-19 vaccine could be required for travel and schooling in the near future.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ― who is set to serve as President-elect Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser ― said that “anything is on the table,” including COVID-19 vaccine passports similar to the so-called “Yellow Card.”
Formally known as the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, the Yellow Card is issued by the World Health Organization and used as travel documentation for vaccines against illnesses such as cholera.
Fauci said the COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to be required from a federal-government perspective, echoing remarks that Biden made in a press conference on Dec. 4.
At the time, Biden said he didn’t believe vaccines should be mandatory nationwide, but that he would do everything to “encourage people to do the right thing.”
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