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Immunity Passports: Pandemic Privilege or Biological Discrimination?

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics is hosting a webinar about state-sanctioned health checks during the pandemic as part of their public affairs speaker series.

Thursday, June 25, at 4:00 p.m.

Featuring Françoise Baylis, professor of philosophy with a specialization in bioethics at Dalhousie University; and Natalie Kofler, founder of the global initiative Editing Nature.

To register and for more information, click here.


As governments around the world seek paths toward reopening their economies and away from the “social distancing” restrictions that have been imposed in order to control the spread of COVID-19, immunity passports have been proposed as one solution. The idea is to issue documents certifying that an individual has been infected, has developed antibodies, and has purportedly acquired immunity to COVID-19. Individuals who possess such “immunity passports” would be permitted to return to work, school, and daily life. Françoise Baylis and Natalie Kofler will discuss and answer questions about the many ethical, practical, and scientific challenges posed by immunity passports and other types of state-sanctioned health checks.

Françoise Baylis will occupy the 2020-21 Wayne Morse Chair. She is a bioethicist and university research professor at Dalhousie University. Natalie Kofler is a molecular biologist and founding director of Editing Nature, a global initiative to steer responsible development and deployment of environmental genetic technologies. Baylis and Kofler co-authored a commentary in Nature titled “10 Reasons Why Immunity Passports Are Bad” on May 28, 2020.



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