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Need to see a live performance? Ticketmaster wishes You to show which you’ve Been Vaccinated First

 This week, the exchange exploded and Americans got a renewed sense of hope when company Pfizer announced that their new COVID-19 vaccine showed a 90% efficacy rate on initial clinical trials.

According to Pfizer, the results of their Phase 3 trial, shows its vaccine is way more practical than the seasonal flu shot — which had a dismal efficacy rate of 29 percent during the 2018-19 flu season, in keeping with Centers for Disease and Control statistics.

After news of Pfizer’s purported vaccine success, the concert ticket giant, Ticketmaster announced a rather controversial move. Hoping to resume the concert scene in 2021, Ticketmaster has been acting on a framework that may make concertgoers prove they need to receive the vaccine before attending a show.

If you can not prove vaccination, you can not enter the show unless, of course, you get tested within a 24-72 hour window beforehand and submit this information to the concert giant. because it is against the law for unauthorized outside parties to look at an individual’s health record, Ticketmaster will depend on three separate components for his or her plan — which continues to be in its development stages.

According to their plan, the Ticketmaster digital ticket app, third-party health information companies like CLEAR Health Pass or IBM’s Digital Health Pass, and testing and vaccine distribution providers like Labcorp and therefore the CVS Minute Clinic will work together to work out your concert eligibility.

As Billboard reports:

Here’s how it might work if approved: After purchasing a ticket for a concert, fans would wish to verify that they need already been vaccinated (which would supply approximately one year of COVID-19 protection) or test negative for coronavirus approximately 24 to 72 hours before the concert. The length of coverage a test would supply would be governed by regional health authorities — if attendees of a Friday night concert had to be tested 48 hours before, most could start the testing process the day before the event. If it had been a 24-hour window, most of the people would likely be tested the identical day of the event at a lab or a health clinic.

Once the test was complete, the fan would instruct the lab to deliver the results to their health passes company, like CLEAR or IBM. If the tests were negative, or the fan was vaccinated, the health pass company would verify the attendee’s COVID-19 status to Ticketmaster, which might then issue the fan the credentials needed to access the event. If a follower tested positive or didn’t take a test to verify their status, they'd not be granted access to the event. There are still many details to figure out, but the goal of the program is for fans to require care of vaccines and testing before the concert and not show up hoping to be tested onsite.

Ticketmaster wouldn't store or have access to fans’ medical records and would only receive verification of whether an exponent is cleared to attend an occurrence on a given date. Different states will have different requirements. the most role of companies like health pass companies are to gather data from testing and medical providers and deliver status updates to partner companies in a very secure, encrypted way that complies with the insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Currently, the FDA has not approved any third-party companies to distribute real-time vaccination data but Ticketmaster president Mark Yovich told Billboard he expects demand for digital screening services to skyrocket once a vaccination is ultimately approved and distributed.

“We’re already seeing many third-party health care providers prepare to handle the vetting — whether that's getting a vaccine, taking a test or other methods of review and approval — which could then be linked via a digital ticket so everyone entering the event is verified,” Yovich said.

While this may certainly be a controversial issue, the thought of a non-public company requesting your compliance to voluntarily participate in their event isn't immoral, as you're not being forced to attend. That being said, however, many of us — even people who are going to be lining up first to receive the vaccine — will likely refuse to own their private medical information handed between multiple parties just to determine a concert.

What’s more, though the 90% efficacy rate touted by Pfizer is certainly welcome to several, the memoir by those making this claim is a smaller amount than stellar. Pfizer has paid out billions in health care fraud fines and after all, was party to the most important health care fraud settlement in US history.

The pharmaceutical giant paid out $2.3 billion in 2009 to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products

“Pfizer violated the law over an extensive-time period. Furthermore, at the exact same time, Pfizer was in our office negotiating and resolving the allegations of criminal conduct by its then newly acquired subsidiary, Warner-Lambert, Pfizer was itself in its other operations violating those exact same laws,” Mike Loucks, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts said at the time.

But that was only one case, this company includes a record dating back decades that features everything from bribing organization to illegally testing products on children to creating false claims about drugs and illegally marketing them — resulting in multiple deaths. Despite making the most important payout in history, Pfizer has continued to be called to the carpet since 2009 multiple times for misleading the general public about their drugs — up to and including vaccines.

Nevertheless, Americans have short memories and seemingly couldn’t care less about the criminal past of a corporation that's claiming 90% efficacy for a vaccine that was developed and tested in less time than any vaccine within the history of medication.

Americans would act to research the last time a vaccine was fast-tracked with limited testing. because the Journal of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natual Knowledge of drugs wrote in its peer-reviewed paper titled The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to a Growing Vaccine Crisis:

In April 1955 over 200 000 children in five Western and mid-Western USA states received a polio vaccine during which the method of inactivating the live virus proved to be defective. Within days there have been reports of paralysis and within a month the primary mass vaccination program against polio had to be abandoned. Subsequent investigations revealed that the vaccine, manufactured by the California-based family firm of Cutter Laboratories, had caused 40 000 cases of polio, leaving 200 children with varying degrees of paralysis and killing 10.

While a vaccine for COVID-19 would definitely be welcomed by many, the thought of rushing this in-depth process which normally takes years or decades to complete could sway be utterly catastrophic.

“Getting questions of safety wrong with a COVID-19 vaccine could set us back for years or perhaps decades,” says vaccine expert Richard Malley, MD.

We should probably heed his advice.

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