World Health Organization Pushes for Global Vaccine Passports
The WHO laid out its plans for global vaccine passports in a series of proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) — a legally binding instrument that imposes various conditions on 196 countries when the WHO declares certain types of health emergencies.
As governments around the world wind down their vaccine passport programs, the unelected World Health Organization (WHO) is attempting to make this COVID-era surveillance tech permanent and global. The movement to amend these International Health Regulations (IHR) began in January last year when the Biden administration quietly pushed for major changes. Since this initial push, other member states have proposed their own amendments and the total number of proposed changes now sits at 307.
These proposed amendments give the WHO new powers to declare “potential” health emergencies and include commitments from member states to recognize the WHO as the “coordinating authority” during certain types of health emergencies.
These proposed amendments to the IHR greatly expand on the existing recommendations and lay out a framework for digital vaccine passports and other forms of digital tracking. In addition to pushing global vaccine passports, these suggested changes to the IHR will also give the WHO increased power to target content that it deems to be “misinformation” and “disinformation” and increased surveillance powers.