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To open the economy quicker, should the U.S. consider a “green passport” like Israel?


(ASSOCIATED PRESS) A man presents his “green passport,” proof that he is vaccinated against the coronavirus, on opening night at the Khan Theater for a performance where all guests were required to show proof of vaccination or full recovery from the virus, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. The passes are used to enter concert venues, theaters and other places.

The idea of a type of COVID-19 vaccine pass to enter businesses is gaining steam as a hopeful world — and travel industry — gears up for the possible reopening of many industries.

Israel is leading the way with the idea, requiring citizens to show proof of inoculation to go to hotels, gyms, concert venues and theaters. Its so-called “green passports” refer to moving freely in the nation, not crossing borders. (It is quite common for countries to require a host of vaccines to enter.)

There are a few concerns experts have cited if a similar program comes to the United States: That minority communities are less likely to have access to vaccines and might be left out; the vaccine could create a false sense of security while mutations of the virus keep happening; and there are legal barriers to forcing […]

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