Dr. Fauci Claims It’s ‘Possible’ That Americans Will Be Forced to Carry ‘Certificates of Immunity’

Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed Friday the idea of Americans carrying “certificates of immunity” is being considered as a possibility to identify people who have been infected with the coronavirus and help reopen the U.S. economy in the coming weeks.

“Can you imagine a time where Americans carry certificates of immunity?” CNN “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota asked Fauci during an interview Friday.

“You know, that’s possible,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, replied.

“It’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not.”

He added, “This is something that’s being discussed. I think it might actually have some merit, under certain circumstances.”

The proposal is contingent on the success of widespread antibody testing, which Fauci said could be available in “a week or so.”

“If their antibody test is positive, one can formulate strategies about whether or not they would be at risk or vulnerable to getting re-infected,” Fauci said.

The results of these tests would be especially important for health care workers to know if they could be protected from the virus after exposure.

“But as we look forward, as we get to the point of at least considering opening up the country as it were, it’s very important to appreciate and to understand how much that virus has penetrated this society,” Fauci said.

“Because it’s very likely that there are a large number of people out there that have been infected, have been asymptomatic and did not know they were infected.”

The United States is not the only country considering this proposal of certificates of immunity. The idea has been implemented by researchers in Germany and floated by the United Kingdom and Italy, according to Politico.

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