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The White House is not interested in creating a vaccine passport.

During a WH briefing, Acting Director Andy Slavitt says it should be the role of private industry.

"This is going to hit all parts of society, and so naturally, the government is involved," Andy Slavitt, acting director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said during a White House COVID-19 briefing Monday.


"But unlike other parts of the world, the government here is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of — of citizens. We view this as something that the private sector is doing and will do. What's important to us, and we're leading an

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki backed up Slavitt's statement.

"We expect, as Andy Slavitt, I think alluded to, that a determination or development of a vaccine passport or whatever you want to call it will be driven by the private sector,"


Psaki said. "Ours will more be focused on guidelines that can be used as a basis. There are a

couple key principles that we are working from: one is that there will be no centralized, universal federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential; second, we want to encourage an open marketplace with a variety of private sector companies and nonprofit coalitions developing solutions; and third, we want to drive the market toward meeting public interest goals."


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