There is still no global consensus on a standard COVID vaccination passport. Some countries accept fully vaccinated travelers based on the government certificate issued in their respective countries. Not all vaccines are accepted as valid in places such as the European Union. The situation raises many legitimate concerns worldwide since inequality is more visible than ever: richer countries can vaccinate their populations at faster rates.
the globalized world is becoming more isolated since travel is not as accessible as before. COVID vaccines are ultimately geopolitical and geocultural tools to influence populations and public opinion. Many countries are still far from being able to make vaccination available on arrival to foreign visitors.
The World Health Organization, for instance, has long been advising against using covid vaccination passports for international travel due to non-equitable availability and the requirement for more robust evidence for prevention of virus transmission post-vaccination. However, it seems that sooner than later, all subjects will need to show proof of one’s COVID-19 vaccination status to travel, access public celebrations, and attend workplaces.
Society understands that a poorly executed vaccine passport system could be unfair and cause tremendous unexpected and undesirable circumstances to commerce, travel, and intercultural relations. The debate on the fair implementation of COVID vaccination passports and arguments from each side on the concepts of fairness, freedom, and liberty are causing division among policymakers, politicians, human rights activists, and influencers.
But the world is also witnessing the rise of vaccine nationalism. As long as nationalistic stockpiling continues, humankind will only successfully avert 1/3 of global deaths. COVID vaccination passports’ implications may be broader than we initially thought.
But the point is that, at least by now, COVID vaccination passports are the leading cause of isolation in the world, which is particularly notable in Europe these days. The globalized world we were living in is not as globalized as before.
Paradoxically, the globalized world is becoming more isolated since travel is not as accessible as before. COVID vaccines are ultimately geopolitical and geocultural tools to influence populations and public opinion. Many countries are still far from being able to make vaccination available on arrival to foreign visitors. Countries and regions are isolating just like citizens have done during quarantine. Apart from moral and communitarian concerns, the COVID pandemic is encouraging countries and cultures to look inside. The long-term implications of the self-isolation of the world are an issue that keeps generating a significant amount of coverage and discussion.
To date, the analysis of vaccination passports has mainly focused on their potential utility for reopening some economic activities and the privacy risks they present to global citizens. But the world is also witnessing the rise of vaccine nationalism. As long as nationalistic stockpiling continues, humankind will only successfully avert 1/3 of global deaths. COVID vaccination passports’ implications may be broader than we initially thought.
Since history tells us that temporary health measures are unlikely to disappear completely, it is necessary to be more aware and mindful of the changes that are going on nowadays. Besides isolating different world regions, introducing standard COVID vaccination passports and other related measures and schemes could shift power and contemporary identity-privacy notions, especially today when digital identity is a multi-billion dollar industry. Moral concerns continue to arise: is this good or bad? Who will benefit from it and why?
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Vicente Quintero is a Venezuelan social scientist. He holds a Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies from the Universidad Metropolitana of Caracas (Political Science, Political Economy, History and Philosophy). He attended the Russian Language and Culture course of the Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University (University Preparatory Academy). He is now pursuing a postgraduate degree in Government and Public Policy at the Central University of Venezuela, and has also enrolled in the Theologian Department of the South American Parish of the Moscow Patriarchate – not to be confused with ROC – . As a Venezuelan plastic artist, his artworks have been shown at the Alejandro Otero National Museum of Caracas.
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