On Sunday, June 6, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair proposed that those vaccinated against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus (COVID-19) could go abroad with a new digital card. The card would enable them to visit places for the vaccinated, such as restaurants or stadiums.
In a report entitled “Less Risk, More Freedom,” Blair suggests that it’s time “to distinguish for the purposes of freedom from restriction between the vaccinated and unvaccinated.”
Blair’s report argues that pandemic prevention measures treated everyone as one. Still, vaccination has changed this, and the relative risks among those vaccinated and unvaccinated should be recognized.
The report asserts that the effectiveness of the current vaccination is proven despite doubts. “Ultimately, the fully vaccinated are much less likely to infect others—approximately up to 50% less likely,” said the report.
Regarding travel, the report proposes that the vaccinated should be free to travel to any country currently on the “green list” without any restrictions.
“It is time to distinguish for the purposes of freedom from restriction between the vaccinated and unvaccinated, both for citizens here for domestic purposes; but also for our citizens and those from other countries in respect of travel on the basis that being vaccinated substantially reduces risk. It, therefore, makes no sense at all to treat those who have had vaccination as the same as those who haven’t,” the former Prime Minister commented on the report.
However, on Monday, June 7, The Guardian reported that scientists cautioned against calls for free traveling of people who have been vaccinated.
The scientists note that a significant proportion, for medical reasons, is still unvaccinated with even a single dose. In addition, concerns about vaccine effectiveness and access to vaccines in some population groups still need to be resolved.
Furthermore, the suggestion to use a new digital card for those who have been vaccinated will create division in the community.
“Of course, that is what they are designed to do. But in addition to creating a division between those who have the passport and those who do not, they are likely to reinforce and reproduce existing group inequalities,” said John Drury, professor of social psychology at the University of Sussex.
Susan Michie, professor of health psychology at University College London, said that the idea of Tonny Blair’s COVID card should only be discussed when all concerns have been resolved around vaccination and vaccine access issues, adding that even people who have had two injections are not guaranteed 100% free of the epidemic.