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Why a domestic NZ COVID ‘passport’ raises hard questions about discrimination, inequality and coercion

By Tim Dare, Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland
Justine Kingsbury, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Waikato
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With COVID-19 causing extraordinarily intrusive and expensive lockdowns, vaccine “passports” or certificates are increasingly seen as key to getting out of them. Decision-makers and gatekeepers – from border guards to maître d’s – will have a means of knowing who can safely engage with others.

To that end, the New Zealand government aims to have one in place by year’s end. But vaccine passports have also prompted riots…


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