China Demands to be in Charge of Global ‘Vaccine Passport’ System

On Tuesday, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) publicly petitioned for the World Health Organization (WHO) to let the Chinese government take charge of a proposed “vaccine passport” system for the entire world in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic that China started, as reported by Breitbart.

The proposal appeared in the Global Times, a Chinese government-run newspaper, which said that China could utilize its connections to Big Tech companies in order to build and sustain an international tracking system for any individuals who either have or have not yet received a coronavirus vaccine.

China has already launched its own domestic equivalent of such a system, handing out digital certifications to any Chinese citizens who have received the vaccine. This is in addition to the other various elements of China’s “social credit system,” where citizens are scored based on social and public behavior, such as support or criticism of the government, and either get certain privileges or face restrictions as a result.

“Chinese experts noted on Tuesday that China can help by sharing its experiences with and providing technical support to the WHO to organize the issue,” the Times article read in part. The article also noted that “China is the most experienced country in using a health code system in the world, while the WHO is the most proper organizer for the matter to ensure independence, fairness, and data security.”

The public appeal to the WHO comes even after the international organization has explicitly discouraged countries from implementing such a system. The director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, Dr. Michael Ryan, released a statement acknowledging the “real practical and ethical considerations” of such a program, and that such a system would only produce “inequity and unfairness.”

 

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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