Vaccine passport for “British instinct”: Labor leader

Demanding a vaccine passport for social activities would be against “British instinct,” said a leader of Britain’s major opposition Labor Party.

In an interview with Telegraph Sir Keir Starmer, announced Thursday, does not state that vaccine passports are a “very difficult” issue and “no clear black and white, yes, no easy answer.”

“My instinct is … [if] With proper control of the virus, near zero mortality, very low hospitalizations, the UK’s instinct in such situations would oppose the vaccine passport, “he said.

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Police officers will speak to people sitting outside the Soho pub in London, England, on September 24, 2020. (Peter Summers / Getty Images)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week that “no decision has been made” on whether to introduce “immunization certification” for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

He said the government still needs to “think carefully” about the “moral complexity” and “ethical issues” surrounding this issue.

When answering a question from parliamentarians on March 24, Johnson said it may be “depending on the individual tax collector and landlord” to decide whether a vaccination certificate is needed to enter the pub. ..

“I think this idea of ​​outsourcing this to individual landlords is, in principle, wrong,” Starmer said, disagreeing with this idea.

The UK pub industry has also opposed this idea. Industry representatives wrote to the prime minister Thursday, expressing “distrust of the government’s stealth retreat to the pub’s reopening rules.”

In letter, UK Hospitality (UKH), British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeepers (BII) suggest that the hospitality industry could be burdened with COVID-19 vaccine passports and other potential items. Expressed “anger”. Measures.

“This will prevent millions of young people from visiting the pub for months unless they are tested in advance.”

“Pubs are already trading at a loss when they resume with all existing restrictions and COVID-protected measures in place. Thousands of additional disproportionate and discriminatory measures can be added. It threatens the very survival of the company, “they said.

Vaccine passports for home use have been a controversial issue in the UK since Vaccine Minister Nadim Zahwi highlighted that idea in a media interview last November.

Since then, several other ministers, including Zahavi and senior minister Michael Gove and health minister Matt Hancock, have repeatedly denied that the government has plans to introduce such documents.

Johnson also denied the idea on February 15. But a week later, he suggested that he could see the passport case. “I know the enthusiastic libertarians are against it, but others will think it’s justified,” he told the media on February 23.

Johnson said he had asked Gove to carry out an “appropriate review” of the issue of domestic vaccine passports and to obtain “the best scientific, moral, philosophical and ethical perspectives on it.”

This week, Liberal Democratic Party leader Ed Davey has branded the use of COVID-19 passports in the UK as “illegal” and “infeasible.”

The plan is also opposed by some members of Johnson’s own Conservative Party.

Reuters contributed to this report.