The DHS stated that there “will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential,” according to AXIOS.

“We’re taking a very close look at that, you know, one of our principles that has guided us throughout this pandemic is the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and making sure that any passport that we provide for vaccinations is accessible to all and that no one is disenfranchised,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas stated

“We’ve always said we’re looking at how we can ensure Americans traveling abroad have a quick and easy way to enter other countries.”

“That’s what the Secretary was referring to; ensuring that all U.S. travelers will be able to easily meet any anticipated foreign country entry requirements.”

“The big picture: The European Union and some Asian governments are developing coronavirus vaccine passports that people can access using phone apps in order to “help kickstart international travel.”

From Axios:

Why it matters: Earlier Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the U.S. is “taking a very close look” at the possibility of requiring vaccine passports for international travel.

A DHS spokesperson later on Friday clarified Mayorkas’ comments, saying that there will be no “federal mandate” for vaccine passports in the U.S.

Vaccine passports have become a controversial topic in the country, with several Republican-led states banning state government and some private business from requiring them.

A recent survey by the COVID States Project revealed that 62% people in the U.S. support government-imposed vaccine mandates, while only 27.5% said they support businesses using vaccine passports.