As efforts mount to return to “normal,” COVID-19 immunity certification programs have been floated as a way to safely get people back to work, school, and social activities. Israel has implemented a “green pass” that restricts access to concerts, gyms, and other leisure events to those who have been vaccinated, New York State is piloting its digital “Excelsior Pass” at professional sports arenas, and the European Union, China, and other nations are considering implementing vaccine passports at their borders.
Programs such as these could help reboot economies and protect public health. However, novel digital health platforms may put personal privacy at risk and entrench existing inequities. Join us on April 28 for a moderated discussion on the legal, ethical, and public health complexities of COVID-19 immunity certification.
Introduction and Moderator: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
I. Glenn Cohen, Faculty Director, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law; and Deputy Dean, Harvard Law School
Natalie Kofler, Senior Advisor, Scientific Citizenship Initiative, Harvard Medical School; Visting Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University; Founder, Editing Nature
Iris Goldner Lang, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law and UNESCO Chairholder, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law
Seema Mohapatra, Associate Professor of Law and Dean’s Fellow, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law