The Minister of Health has said that COVID vaccine passports are “almost inevitable”. There is, however, a lack of clarity about just what has to be done to ensure that such passports are ethical and effective. They pose significant ethics and human rights risks and, in the absence of both widely shared standards around their use and greater scientific certainty about vaccines and COVID-19 itself, their status as evidence of the risk posed and taken on by a passport holder remains unclear.

In this talk given at the University of Auckland, Professor Tim Dare attempt to set out these issues in more detail, and to make some suggestions about how we might proceed to ensure vaccine passports are ethical and effective.

Tim Dare is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland. He is an expert in legal ethics.

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