Written by: Pearl Kupe
Article source: JOY! Magazine
We are beginning to see a global trend play itself out in the form of mandatory vaccine passports. Many governments and nations are considering implementing a requirement for citizens to have vaccine passports or cards showing proof that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Some nations, such as Israel, are putting plans in place to have vaccine passports that would only allow their citizens access into certain places if they can prove that they have taken the vaccine. Typical places that would require a vaccine passport or card are crowded places such as bars, cinemas, gyms, stadiums, and other such places.
Transparency and accountability must be the modus operandi for any so-called democratic government.
Some countries are even going so far as to look into the possibility of requiring vaccine passports for travel. This would mean that without a valid vaccine passport, some nations may refuse or deny you entry into their country. The European Union (EU) has announced plans to introduce an EU-wide “Digital Green Certificate” that promotes free movement within the EU.
Some countries are looking into the possibility of requiring vaccine passports for travel.
No basis for Covid vaccine passports
In South Africa, the national statistical service estimates the number of deaths attributable to AIDS in 2017 as 126755, 25.03% of all South African deaths. The World Health Organisation reported 360000 cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in 2019 in South Africa. Right now in South Africa, our Covid-reported deaths sitting between 50-60 000 for the last 14 months. The Covid-19 figures, therefore, represent less than half the total number of deaths attributable to HIV/AIDS and approximately 14% of the total AIDS deaths.
Where are the TB & other contagious disease’s passports?
In spite of these significantly higher figures, we have not seen any call for HIV/AIDS or TB passports or cards. Tuberculosis is equally, if not more, transmittable than Covid-19. Nations are not put under lockdown when TB is discovered in an individual or in an identified area. It is the TB sufferers who are instead isolated from the rest of the public until they are no longer contagious. The above scenario is not only valid for South Africa, but in many nations. There is no scientific basis for requiring vaccines or vaccine passports. Councils like the National Covid Council cannot just act on the basis of thumb sucking. They must produce credible and scientific evidence to support the actions that they take to determine the Lockdown levels, regulations, and all related decisions. This information must be available and accessible to the general public. Transparency and accountability must be the modus operandi for any so-called democratic government. The number of people who die from flu annually supersedes the number of people who have died from Covid. If nations, therefore, are going to require Covid passports, they will need to justify that action by requiring that individuals also have passports for TB and other types of contagious diseases.
Constitutional Rights must not be infringed
The constitution of a nation is the supreme law of the land. It contains provisions that must be upheld rigorously. Chapter Two of the Constitution of South Africa contains the Bill of Rights, which protects the civil, political, and socio-economic rights of all people in South Africa. The rights bind all branches of the government. Some provisions deal with and prohibit unfair discrimination. Should South Africa ever try to make vaccines mandatory, the government should expect civil society organisations, movements, Churches, and religious organisations to lodge court cases with respect to violation of these constitutionally entrenched rights.
There is no scientific basis for requiring vaccines or vaccine passports. So what is the real agenda?
Confidentiality of medical records
For vaccine passports to work properly, it would require officials to have greater access to individuals’ medical records. This would be in breach of confidentiality. Every individual has the right to privacy and confidentiality, especially when it comes to medical records. This right can only be limited under very specific and special circumstances. It can be argued that if TB, HIV, and SARS do not fall under these special circumstances, then surely Covid-19 does not fall under this “special circumstance”.
Anklets and security bracelets
In some nations, talks have advanced as far as discussing the need to have anklets and security bracelets that would allow for access into certain areas. This would be tantamount to treating people like criminals. Only people who are out on bail, house arrest, or are prisoners in transit moving from one prison to another would wear such type of anklets and security bracelets. Lockdown has already made prisoners of the citizens of the world. Active citizens must ensure that the citizens of the world are not further imprisoned.
Date published: 24/06/2021
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DR Pearl Kupe is an attorney and consultant to world leaders and international organisations. She is the international president of the Global Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit pearlkupe.co.za or follow her Facebook page, Kingdom Transformer Pearl Kupe
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