After the Biden administration announced that it would be teaming up with businesses to provide a new credential, what the Washington Post called a "vaccine passport," Naomi Wolf spoke to Fox News' to decry the move as a blow to individual freedom.
Speaking to Steve Hilton, Wolf said "I am not overstating this, I can't say it forcefully enough, this is literally the end of human liberty in the West if this plan unfolds as planned."
"Vaccine passports sounds like a fine thing if you don't understand what those platforms can do. I'm CEO of a tech company, I understand what this platform does. It's not about the vaccine, it's not about the virus: It's about your data.
"And once this rolls out you don't have a choice about being part of the system. What people have to understand is that any other functionality can be loaded onto that platform with no problem at all. And what that means is that it can be merged with your PayPal account, digital currency, Microsoft is already talking about merging it with payment plans.
"Your networks can be sucked up. It geolocates you everywhere you go. Your credit history can be included, all of your medical history can be included," Wolf said.
This came after it was reported in the Washington Post that the Biden administration is working with businesses to develop this new credential, which will be able to be used by businesses in a variety of industries to allow admittance only to those who have been vaccinated.
"The effort has gained momentum amid President Biden's pledge that the nation will start to regain normalcy this summer and with a growing number of companies—from cruise lines to sports teams—saying they will require proof of vaccination before opening their doors again," according to The Washington Post.
Authors Dan Diamond, Lena H. Sun and Isaac Stanley-Becker wrote that "The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials—often referred to as "vaccine passports"—that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen."
Further, they write that while the administration has been largely unclear on what these new credentials would be used for, "The passports are expected to be free and available through applications for smartphones, which could display a scannable code similar to an airline boarding pass. Americans without smartphone access should be able to print out the passports, developers have said."
The credentialing program is aiming to release its free software standards in April so that developers can get right on making that app. The Vaccination Credential Initiative includes the Mayo Clinic, Microsoft and more than 225 other organizations, many of which have pledged to use the code when administering shots. Patient's status would be updated as soon as they received the vaccination.