Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, unveiled on April 10, 2020 that the federal government is entertaining the idea of issuing Americans certificates of immunity from the Wuhan Virus. The Trump administration is currently working to identify individuals who have been infected and finding ways to restart the U.S. economy in in the weeks to come.
“You know, that’s possible,” Fauci said on CNN’s “New Day,” when asked about the idea of people carrying some form of identification.
“I mean, it’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not,” he commented. “This is something that’s being discussed. I think it might actually have some merit, under certain circumstances.”
The proposal depends on conducting a vast number of antibody tests which the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration is currently in the process of validating in the U.S., Fauci claimed.
“Within a period of a week or so, we’re going to have a rather large number of tests that are available” to the public, he continued.
The establishment of a comprehensive antibody testing system would mark the next phase of the administration’s efforts to open up the country again and begin incorporating essential workers such as health care providers and first responders back into society.
“As we look forward, as we get to the point of at least considering opening up the country, as it were, it’s very important to appreciate and to understand how much that virus has penetrated the society,” Fauci remarked.
Immunity certificates are already being used by researchers in Germany and have been put forward in the United Kingdom and Italy.
In certain parts of China, citizens are required to wear colored codes on their smartphones demonstrating their contagion risk. These heavy-handed surveillance measures were implemented earlier this week when the Wuhan lockdown ended.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was asked on Thursday about several methods of monitoring Americans who have contacted those who have been infected. Redfield said “people are looking at all the different modern technology that could be brought to bear to make contact tracing more efficient and effective.”
“Are there more, if you will, say, tech-savvy ways to be more comprehensive in contact tracing versus the old fashioned way? You know, currently, these things are under aggressive evaluation,” Redfield said in a interview with NPR.