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A Vaccine Passport To Go To A Concert? Here's What An Expert Says

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As countries around the world embark on ambitious COVID-19 vaccination programs, governments and businesses are increasingly looking for ways to tell who has been inoculated from those who have not. One idea that’s been gaining traction is a vaccine passport.

David Studdert, professor of Medicine and Law at Stanford University, explains:

“It’s a basic verification that someone has had vaccination, or potentially even has positive antibodies from a prior infection. What actual physical form it will take, is a little bit up in the air right now.”

Early movers on this idea are embracing “some sort of digital certification,” says Studdert, like a QR code that could be carried on your phone, and it wouldn’t just be used for air travel. Vaccine passports could potentially give people clearance to go to things like concerts and sporting events -- all the fun things we did back in the “before times.”

Now, it’s unclear when something like this would actually be available to Angelenos. President Biden asked government agencies to look into it; meanwhile, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, and Australia are already experimenting with some version of a vaccine passport, or they are in the planning stages of doing so, Studdert told our news and culture show Take Two.

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