This Too Shall Passport #120

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Deepnews Digest #120

This Too Shall Passport

Editor: Christopher Brennan
One of the first areas to suffer from the pandemic was the the interconnectedness of the world, with airport flight boards going empty as international travel was cut off. Over the past couple weeks countries faring well with their vaccination campaigns have begun looking at “vaccine passports,” and debating issues such as privacy, feasibility, where they should be used and where they shouldn’t. This week’s Digest includes well done reporting and analysis on all the angles on vaccine passports, as well as some in-depth articles on vaccines more generally. Gathered and rated with Deepnews quality scores.

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Refinery29

Get Ready For The Summer Of Revenge Travel

After almost a year of being stuck at home, Stephanie Schweitzer, 30, was desperate to board a plane and head to anywhere in the world where tourists were allowed. Before the pandemic, Schweitzer, who lives in Miami and works in marketing, took two or three international trips a year to countries such as India, Colombia, and Mexico.

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WITF

Pediatricians say GOP vaccination proposal in Pa. could put children, newborns at risk

Pennsylvania pediatricians say a bill in the state general assembly would interfere with their job of immunizing children if it were voted into law, and put newborns and sick children at risk for getting potentially deadly infections.

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Score: stars image Confidence: 58%

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Lexology

Can employers ask to see the COVID-19 immunity certificate?

The question towards the top of many employers’ minds nowadays – with an ever-growing sense of urgency – is whether they are allowed to ask employees if they have been vaccinated.

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Northeastern University

What do vaccine passports mean to you?

With more than 120 million U.S. residents fully vaccinated and eager to visit book stores and restaurants again, some businesses may require people to show vaccine credentials to prove that they have received their shots. The issue has ignited a political controversy, leading researchers to wonder: Has the phrase “vaccine passports” become politicized?

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Editor’s Note:

One question about “vaccine passports” in places such as the US has been about the politicization of the phrase. Here research from Northeastern and others suggests it may not be as divisive as thought. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Sacramento Bee

Should businesses ask customers about vaccination status? Majority of Californians say yes

A majority of California voters supports allowing some businesses to verify that their customers are vaccinated or have tested negative for coronavirus before allowing them to enter, according to a new poll.

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Al Jazeera

Excitement and anxiety on eve of New York City reopening

Brooklyn, New York, US – Bahar Bybordi remembers hearing a “code blue” every 10 to 15 minutes or so; it was the early days of the coronavirus pandemic at The Brooklyn Hospital Center – and that intercom message meant someone was dying or needed to be resuscitated.

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Irish Examiner

Fears for airlines if travel restrictions stretch beyond July

Many airlines will struggle to stay in business if international travel does not resume by July, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

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Washington Post

In Britain, soccer final is a study for post-pandemic crowds

LONDON – To the fans, the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium is an all-important soccer match. It’s also a science experiment with far-reaching implications about how to reopen society as the pandemic loosens its grip in some places.

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USA Today

Honor system, paper cards won’t cut it for COVID vaccine verification, experts say. ‘Vaccine passports’ are coming.

There are lots of unanswered questions about one idea to get travel back to normal. That’s the future critics of “vaccine passports” fear as Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely live more normal lives, now including spending time in most indoors settings without a mask.

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The Conversation

NHS vaccine passports are here – but will they be used beyond international travel?

England’s NHS vaccine passport has arrived, and with it the promise of a return to international travel unencumbered by swab tests or lengthy periods of quarantine. Most people will have received this news with excitement, but it’s my job to look closer at what’s going on behind the app. And what I found is troubling.

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Bay Area News Group

Your boss, your bartender or your government: Who should know if you’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine?

As California studies whether to create a statewide system that would verify who has been vaccinated against COVID-19, Santa Clara County officials forged ahead Tuesday with a new requirement that employers find out which of their workers have gotten their shots.

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Editor’s Note:

Another question lingering for all sorts of institutions like employers is what their rules on vaccines will be. Here our algorithm highlighted a local news piece from California. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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National Review

COVID’s End Is Nigh. We Need an Audit

Before there is another pandemic, we’re going to need to learn a bit more about the failures in this one.

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RTE

‘I’m now a card-carrying member of vaccinated brigade’

I got to experience something this week that close to one and a half million people here have already encountered. But yet, it is a rare thing, a unique event – first dose vaccination.

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CBS

Americans have few options to prove they’re fully vaccinated

Outside of a handful of states that have poured resources into piloting so-called “vaccine passport” type systems, most Americans still have few options to prove whether they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Voice of OC

Has Orange County’s Secretive Approach to Covid Contracting Gone Too Far, Broken the Law?

The secretive approach to coronavirus contracts by Orange County supervisors continues to fuel confusion and concern – and is now triggering questions about whether county supervisors violated transparency laws.

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Threatpost

Telegram Fraudsters Ramp Up Forged COVID-19 Vaccine Card Sales

A new type of fraud is spiking across the platform: Selling fake vax records to people who want to lie their way into places where proof of vaccine is required.

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The Telegraph (UK) ($)

Indian variant gives EU wobbles on opening up to Britons

Discussions set to begin on which countries to add to the EU’s ‘white list’ – but decision on UK could be delayed

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Editor’s Note:

At the same time as reopening is underway, there are worries about new variants. Here The Telegraph reports on how that throws an additional wrinkle into the mix for UK travelers. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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The Atlantic

No One Actually Knows If You’re Vaccinated

If you have been fortunate enough to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you also possess an essential, high-tech tool for proving your immunity to others.

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POLITICO EU

‘No happy ending’ as EU countries and MEPs clash over coronavirus certificates

Summer is coming — and EU countries are determined to have a COVID travel certificate, whether MEPs like it or not.

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Newsday

Excelsior Pass a hot ticket — if you can download one from the state site

The Excelsior Pass is becoming one of the hottest tickets around for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the potential to open doors to sporting events, Broadway shows and travel. But not all have been able to access the downloadable digital pass, which was announced by the state in March as a way for New Yorkers to prove they have received the vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test.

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