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The Ethics And Politics Of Vaccine Passports

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Woman seated (right) while receiving COVID-19 vaccination in February 2021.
Carlos Moreno/KCUR 89.3
The U.S. government has decided to leave laws pertaining to vaccine passports up to the states.

As more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccines, Missouri and other state legislatures are debating whether they should implement a vaccine passport system.

While proof of vaccination has the potential to get us back to normalcy more quickly, it can also exacerbate the inequities in the American vaccine distribution system. In this episode, the ethical debate over the passports and the steps Republicans in Missouri's statehouse are taking to prevent them from becoming required.

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