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Andrew Yang floated downloadable barcodes to prove COVID-19 vaccination

Mary Rose Corkery, DCNF

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang floated the idea of downloadable barcodes for people’s phones to prove if they have been vaccinated for the coronavirus.

“Is there a way for someone to easily show that they have been vaccinated – like a bar code they can download to their phone? There ought to be,” Yang tweeted Friday.


“Tough to have mass gatherings like concerts or ballgames without either mass adoption of the vaccine or a means of signaling,” Yang tweeted.

“I’ve been tested at a photo shoot or interview and gotten a bracelet showing I was negative. Then we could interact more freely,” Yang tweeted.

The former presidential candidate called elected officials to measure support about potentially running for mayor of New York City, several people involved in the discussions said, according to Politico. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping previously urged for the use of QR codes in order to monitor the coronavirus worldwide, CNN reported. The method is already used in China to track individuals’ health and travel data.

The electronic code changes color depending on the level of possible contact with the virus,  CNN reported.

Conservative Twitter accounts such as the Reagan Battalion and others criticized Yang’s tweets.

“No,” the Reagan Battalion tweeted.

Yang and the Humanity Forward Foundation, a non-profit advocacy organization of Yang’s, didn’t immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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