The Joe Biden administration is looking to create coronavirus “vaccine passports” that would prove holders have been inoculated.
Business groups and organisations had been expecting the White House to set the standards for health passes. They believe that would avoid regional credentials that could cause confusion among travelers and prevent any single health certificate from being widely accepted.
The initiative would see the development of a standard credential for Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in a bid to help reduce the risk of infections as businesses move to re-open at full capacity, with 17 groups and government agencies already working on it.
The passports offer a glimpse of a future after months of COVID-19 restrictions. Officials say getting vaccinated and having proper documentation will smooth the way to travel, entertainment and other social gatherings in a post-pandemic world.