Failed Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang gets the award for the worst coronavirus suggestion to date: using barcodes to identify people who have been vaccinated.
Yang — a businessman who plans to run for New York City mayor — ignited a volcanic backlash with his barcode idea, which invoked the dehumanizing practice used in Nazi Germany to identify and persecute Jews.
“Is there a way for someone to easily show that they have been vaccinated – like a bar code they can download to their phone?” he asked Dec. 18 on Twitter. “There ought to be.”
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.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) December 18, 2020
Yang claimed the barcodes are necessary so people could “interact more freely” once they know who has been vaccinated.
He explained that it’s “[t]ough to have mass gatherings like concerts or ballgames without either mass adoption of the vaccine or a means of signaling.”
Is there a way for someone to eas