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Vaccine passports are coming. But are they ethical?

The main way to control the pandemic, as we have all painfully found out, has been to restrict the movement of people.

This stops people getting infected and infecting others.

  • Julian Savulescu
  • The Conversation

It is the justified basis for lockdowns, isolation, vaccine passports, and quarantining people who have been in high-risk areas.

It is the foundational ethical principle of any liberal society like Australia that the state should only restrict liberty if people represent a threat of harm to others, as John Stuart Mill famously articulated.

This harm can take two forms.

Firstly, it can be direct harm to other people. Imagine you are about to board a…

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