The United Kingdom intends to drop its plans for vaccine passports as a requirement to attend large events, according to an exclusive report from the Daily Telegraph.
An unnamed official told the outlet that idea was no longer being considered.
“It’s not a case of ‘it’s finely balanced’. It’s not going to happen,” the Telegraph's source close to the government review said. “Everyone says it’s dead.”
While it seems likely the U.K. will feature a vaccine passport for international travel, their usage within the country has been far more controversial. The government's initial vaccine passport proposal, which came back in February, was planned to be used at events like football matches, concerts, festivals.
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Domestic vaccine passports “killed off”
The Telegraph's source described how the idea was no longer being considered by the country's COVID-19 task force, the group of experts which helps determine the government's response. “No one is talking about it still as a potential thing … It has been killed off really,” the source explained.
Earlier this month, Israel, one of the first countries to introduce a vaccine passport, ended its Green Pass program.
A government spokesman responded to a request for comment from Reuters, saying that the review process was still being completed and that no decision had yet been finalized.