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Businessman and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang faced some criticism on Friday when he suggested that Americans should have a downloadable bar code, which confirms that they have received the coronavirus virus vaccine.
“Is there a way for someone to easily show that they have been vaccinated – like a bar code they can download to their phones?” He asked on Twitter. “There should be.”
He added that this “[t]Large scale adoption of vaccines or without any means of signaling is sufficient for concerts or mass ceremonies such as ballgames. “
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His comments prompted a wave of reaction in the context of totalitarianism, particularly Nazi Germany.
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Many persecuted Yang in reference to the yellow stars or tattoos that the Jews wore in Germany.
Yang’s comments touched a nerve as many were already concerned about the government going through an extended lockdown during the epidemic.
The first dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was delivered on Monday to health care workers, who are on the front lines in the fight against the epidemic that killed more than 311,000 Americans during March. The vaccine was authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week, and the first dose was given to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
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Vice President Mike Pence received the vaccine on Friday in an effort to reassure Americans – something former President Obama indicated he would do as well.
President-elect Joe Biden will publicly receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. Biden transition officials announced Friday that the president-elect and his wife, the first woman to arrive, Jill Biden, will receive their shots in their home state of Delaware.
Globe Live Media’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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