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Britain considers vaccine passports to restart international travel

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Cue anti-vaxxers and alt-righters whining about their "freedom", while the rest of us happily travel.

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Uh-oh, Texas ain't gonna like that !

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Find out what the "Yellow Card" is. It's a vaccine passport by another name and if you don't have one showing you have the right vaccinations some nations will not let you set foot in their country.

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Vaccine passports are inevitable. We have always needed jabs for some countries, so this is not a big deal. A 'Plan B' can be built in for those who cannot get any jab for medical reasons. It then remains the decision of the country they wish to visit if a mix of insurance and a negative test is acceptable.

Get on with it.

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I've never needed to show my "yellow card" to enter another country. Guess most countries assume many things based on the passport country?

I did have to show a specific vaccination when returning from an area of a county known to have a specific disease, yellow fever.

I think travel of fully vaccinated people with approved vaccines for the country should be allowed with just pre-flight and post-flight covid testing as an extra safety measure. Call proof of vaccination whatever you like - until covid is like most other diseases, we need this extra safety to prevent spreads to at-risk people.

Viruses don't care about our freedom or privacy. I'd bet people ending up in hospital due to a faked vaccination card wouldn't care either.

I'd love a week in the UK in September.

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The thing is that we're going to see geopolitics become the big player in what constitutes "vaccinated".

The US is limiting it to the J&J, Pfizer, and Moderna shots, but likely will add AZ when they get something from the UK in exchange, but don't expect the science to convince them to add Sputnik-V, or the Sinos, or the Iranian and Cuban ones, EVER.

After all, if they did, countries will not be buying the expensive J&J, etc shots, even through Covax, and the notion of all those government supplied profits not going to America's oligarchy is something that the US government considers unnatural.

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The US is limiting it to the J&J, Pfizer, and Moderna shots, but likely will add AZ when they get something from the UK in exchange, but don't expect the science to convince them to add Sputnik-V, or the Sinos, or the Iranian and Cuban ones, EVER.

Would you take the Chinese or Russian vaccine? I sure wouldn't.

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Visitors would have to follow a country's visa requirements

If Japan requires this, they'd have to follow Japan's requirements too

but don't expect the science to convince them to add Sputnik-V, or the Sinos, or the Iranian and Cuban ones, EVER.

Their manufacturers have to submit their vaccines for approval first - but the process of approval means they have to release more information about their vaccines

So you have to ask the questions:

1) Why aren't there more information about their vaccines? Seriously, what do ya know about them from credible, peer-reviewed publications?

2) Why don't their manufacturers submit their vaccines to the process of approval and scrutiny?

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but don't expect the science to convince them to add Sputnik-V, or the Sinos, or the Iranian and Cuban ones, EVER.

Because these countries have set themselves up as being untrustworthy, through authoritarian control of their media and scientific communities. To take these vaccines, you'd have to trust that the information being provided about them was valid, and no one could ever trust the information coming from these authoritarian dictatorships. And as such, we'll stick with vaccines who have data and information from non-authoritarian nations.

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