With the new vaccine passports trial getting the government’s go-ahead, people are starting to wonder how long this idea has been in play. Below we will try and layout a timeline of events on the run-up to Boris Johnson vaccine passport trial being known.
The Independent reported the government knew about the prospect of “a global framework for validating test results and vaccination records” since November last year.
The earliest recording of such words being spoken on TV was from Tony Blair on 6th January 2021. Tony specifically said that he believed it would be hard for anyone to get on with normal life unless they could prove their vaccine status. Tony went onto say that having vaccines would be the way to gain back your liberties.
On 16th February 2021, vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi appeared on GMB and categorically stated that the government were not looking into domestic vaccine passports but were looking at an international vaccine passport to help with international travel.
On the 21st February 2021, Sophy Ridge interviewed Health Minister Matt Hancock about having private meetings with Tony Blair on the covid strategy. Matt Hancock admitted to meeting Tony after trying to sidestep the question in an interview the month before.
Hancock said he met with tony, then said he’s met with all other previous British Prime Ministers.
On good Friday, 2021, a leak to the press revealed the government had been working on the vaccine passport rollout for months. This meant the Vaccines Minister must have told the public mistruths when he categorically ruled out the government rolling out a domestic vaccine passport.
Now we have connected the dots. Do you believe the months of preparation on the government’s domestic vaccine passports are for a temporary period? Or is the brief trial period a tiptoe to a full-time vaccine passport?