Biden signs G20 Declaration to adopt international vaccine passport

President Biden, along with other world leaders, has signed onto a G20 Bali Leaders’ Declaration that will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all international travel.

The Declaration will establish “trusted global digital health networks” to track and monitor vaccine data on private citizens to “facilitate” international travel.

“We support the WHO mRNA Vaccine Technology Transfer hub as well as all as the spokes in all regions of the world with the objective of sharing technology and technical know-how on voluntary and mutually agreed terms,” the White House said in a statement on the Bali Declaration.

“We acknowledge the importance of shared technical standards and verification methods, under the framework of the IHR (2005), to facilitate seamless international travel, interoperability, and recognizing digital solutions and non-digital solutions, including proof of vaccinations,” the statement continued.

In a separate statement, G20 leaders affirmed their collective commitment to “move towards interoperability of systems including mechanisms that validate proof of vaccination…”

In August of 2021, The WHO issued an 80-page document titled “Digital documentation of COVID-19 certificates: vaccination status: technical specifications and implementation guidance … for countries and implementing partners on the technical requirements for developing digital information systems for issuing standards-based interoperable digital certificates for COVID-19 vaccination status, and considerations for implementation of such systems, for the purposes of continuity of care, and proof of vaccination.” The guidance states that “a health pass based solely on individual vaccination status may increase the risk of disease spread.”

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