- Papers, Please! Covid-19 ‘Immunity Cards’ May Be Required of Americans, Fauci Says
Dr Anthony Fauci says US citizens may have to carry ‘cards’ proving they are immune from coronavirus – which raises serious questions, including whether doctors really know you’re immune and if Americans would ever easily comply.
“That’s possible,” Fauci, who sits on the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN on Friday when asked about the potential of US citizens being required to carry Covid-19 “immunity cards” once testing for antibodies against the virus is more widely available.
Fauci said the idea has “merit” and is being “discussed.” “It’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and [are] not,” he told the network’s ‘New Day’.
The idea of immunity cards has been proposed in other countries such as Germany, where researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research have floated the idea of massive testing and issuing “immunity certificates” to those who test positive for antibodies to the virus. These people would then be unrestricted by the country’s lockdown measures.
Gerard Krause, a leading epidemiologist with the group, said a “vaccination card” would lift the “restrictions” on work for those proven to be immune to the virus. The UK is also discussing the possibility of introducing such documents. And in the US, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) also suggested an immunity registry to help document those who have tested negative for Covid-19.