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001. A conversation about Nova Scotia's proof of vaccination policy with Françoise Baylis

001. A conversation about Nova Scotia's proof of vaccination policy with Françoise Baylis

In this episode, I spoke with the Dalhousie bio-ethicist Françoise Baylis about Nova Scotia's new proof of vaccination policy.

As I mention near the beginning of today's show, I'm not convinced this policy is as terrible as some of its opponents have made it out to be, but I'm also not convinced the policy is as uncomplicated as its supporters suggest.

Baylis has put a great deal of thought into exploring the potential unintended consequences of a policy like this.  

Back in March of 2020, she co-authored a piece in the Nature: "Ten reasons why immunity passports are a bad idea."  This was before COVID vaccines had been developed, and some were imagining that proving that one had survived COVID might become what allowed a person to move freely in the world.

Now, we have vaccine passports, or in Nova Scotia's case a proof of vaccination policy. Baylis has some thoughts on the topic. On today's episode of The Times Keeper, she shares them.*

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*We spoke on September 23rd, 2021. This was after the proof of vaccine policy had been announced for Nova Scotia, but before the more recent announcement that makes vaccines mandatory for many public sector workers. So, we don't talk about that.

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