World Leaders At G20 Request New Passport For All Citizens

( The leaders of the largest economies of the world agreed during the recent G20 meeting that they would work to adopt a vaccine passport, which they say is being done to promote tourism and travel around the globe.

The meeting, which was held last week in Indonesia, focused on much more than just the world’s economic troubles. It also focused on environmental issues and health issues.

In May of 2021, Bloomberg reported that the tourism ministers of several of the G20 nations were in favor of vaccine passports. They thought that it would boost international travel as the COVID-19 pandemic was waning at the time, and had completely battered the travel industry.

The group of tourism heads said at the time that a vaccine passport was essential for boosting efforts toward recovering from the worldwide economic crisis.

There were many critics to that idea, though, all of whom were concerned that it was governments overreaching considerably and violating the rights and privacy of individuals.

Yet, nearly 18 months after that Bloomberg report, it seems the G20 leaders are trying to move ahead with the plan for vaccine passports after all.

In the Bali Declaration that the leaders signed, there was a section included titled “facilitating seamless international travel.” Part of the agreement says there should be shared verification methods and technical standards among the nations, which would include the vaccine passports.

In addition, the leaders committed to “support continued international dialogue and collaboration on the establishment of trusted global digital health networks that should capitalize and build on the success of the existing standard and digital COVID-19 certificates.”

G20 leaders then released a separate document later that vows they will:

“Endeavour to move towards interoperability of systems including mechanisms that validate proof of vaccination, whilst respecting the sovereignty of national health policies, and relevant national regulations such as personal data protection and data-sharing.”

The proposal says that the World Health Organization would set standards for vaccinations, in this case. Then, individuals would need to be vaccinated or opt for testing — if that is the WHO standard — if they wanted to travel internationally.

There are many different forms these vaccine passports could take, include a scannable code that’s similar to boarding passes airlines use. The scary part is they could potentially be through apps that could also track one’s movements within the countries they are visiting, and their potential interactions with others.

People around the world have been criticizing this move ever since it was announced. In the U.S., some are saying that vaccine passports — or digital health certificates at all — could track nearly every aspect of life.

Since individuals’ medical records would be part of a database that’s worldwide, under these circumstances, they say that it would violate not just the U.S. Constitution, but also HIPAA and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

As Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said in a release:

“Digital health or vaccine passports along with tracking and tracing apps present a serious threat to freedom. Vaccine passports and track apps are about collecting data and control.

“The vaccine passport is being promoted worldwide to limit a person’s ability to leave home, work, shop, dine, travel, attend a public event or even worship … We must never accept vaccine passports or tracking apps as the new normal. The implications for freedom are significant.”