Wisconsin Lawmakers Advance Bill Banning COVID-19 Vaccine Passports

Fox Business reported:

Lawmakers in Wisconsin advanced a bill this week that would prohibit any public or private entity in the state from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.

The bill was backed by state Republicans with proponents arguing that residents have a right to keep their medical decisions private.

Some have also argued that the passports would force individuals to get vaccinated just so they could resume their routine activities.

Why Making the COVID-19 Vaccine a Legal Requirement for Healthcare Workers Is a Bad Idea

The Independent reported:

When it comes to the power of immunization to prevent disease and death, I’m a believer – as we all should be. I have written time and time again about the need for our population to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, in the wake of the government’s announcement that it will make it mandatory for all care home workers, and people who enter care homes, to have the COVID vaccine, I find myself balking at ministers’ audacity as they seek to enshrine this latest vaccine development into law.

Bruce Springsteen Fans With AstraZeneca Vaccine to Be Turned Away From New York Theatre Shows

The Independent reported:

Bruce Springsteen fans who have had the AstraZeneca vaccine will be turned away from his comeback shows on Broadway, it has been announced.

The musician is returning with a five-night run at the St James theatre in New York on Saturday 26 June, with additional performances scheduled for September. Tickets went on sale on 10 June.

A notice on Springsteen’s official website says audience members are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the theatre.

However, a link to further information states that guests need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved [Food and Drug Administration] vaccine, per the rules for New York State.

EU Recommends Opening to Americans to Rescue the Summer

The New York Times reported:

The European Union recommended on Friday that its member states lift the ban on nonessential travel for visitors from the United States, a move sure to be welcomed by Americans eager to travel to the continent after more than a year of tight restrictions.

The recommendation is nonbinding, and each member state can decide what regulations, including quarantines, to impose on visitors, and several nations quickly said they would open their doors to American travelers. Americans have been mainly banned from Europe as the United States grappled with one of the highest caseloads in the world.

One of Big Tech’s Biggest Critics Is Now Its Regulator

The New York Times reported:

One of Lina Khan’s first projects as a new staff member at an antitrust think tank in 2011 was researching the history of the market for books, which had increasingly been dominated by Amazon. It was an early, unpublished entry in a body of work that has since established her as a major critic of the tech giants and corporate concentration.

She spent the next 10 years honing her arguments, becoming a leading figure in a growing movement that calls for more aggressive policing of Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.

Now she’s in a position to put those ideas into action — and in doing so, potentially reshape how the country regulates its biggest companies.

Pakistan to Block Cell Phone Signal of Those Who Refuse COVID Vaccine

SOMAG News reported:

Residents of Pakistan’s Punjab and Sindh provinces who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine could have their cell phone signal blocked. The measure was one of the solutions found by local authorities to encourage the population to immunize, as reported by The New York Times on Tuesday.

With 216 million inhabitants currently, the Asian country began vaccination for COVID-19 in February, with the expectation of serving between 45 and 65 million people by the end of this year. However, only 3 million had received the two doses in early June, according to official data.

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