Fauci: Federal government won’t mandate vaccine passports

Dr. Anthony Fauci, in a Politico Dispatch podcast interview published Monday, said that the federal government will not require the use of vaccine passports for travel or business.

“I doubt that the federal government will be the main mover of a vaccine passport concept,” Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert,

“They may be involved in making sure things are done fairly and equitably, but I doubt if the federal government is going to be the leading element of that.”

This echoes what the White House said last week that vaccine passports will be driven by the private sector.

Fauci’s comments also come as many Republicans express outrage at the concept. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Friday went as far as to ban them from being mandated via executive order.

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During the interview, Fauci also said he believes “individual entities,” including theaters and colleges, will be the ones to decide on passports.

“I’m not saying that they should or that they would, but I’m saying you could foresee how an independent entity might say, ‘Well, we can’t be dealing with you unless we know you’re vaccinated,’ but it’s not going to be mandated from the federal government,” he said.

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