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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Whether it's vaccine passports or public health protocols, or even passive investment strategies, perfection is rarely achievable or even desirable. Allowing a bit of fuzziness and error is at the heart of broad-based success.

Why it matters: Silicon Valley has known for decades that the essence of disruption is to do something which is not as perfect as the incumbent, but that is a lot cheaper and easier — and more effective.

Be smart: When it comes to vaccine passports, it's easy to immediately start worrying about whether they provide real proof of vaccination, whether they can be forged, that kind of thing. But most of the time, credentials don't need to be bulletproof.

  • A simple vaccine selfie, or verbal assurance, is usually enough to persuade your friends and family that you've been vaccinated.
  • A filled-out CDC card, plus an affirmation that it's authentic, is all you need to get Hawaii's vaccine passport. That combination should also suffice for many other potential uses, from attending a church or play to studying at an in-person college or working near colleagues.

The big picture: There will be lies and fakes. But even when credentialed people are telling the truth, vaccines aren't 100% effective. The idea here isn't to get risk down to zero, it's just to get it down to an acceptable level, somewhere around the kind of risk we have always faced from the flu.

  • That's why the CDC is now OK with vaccinated people going unmasked outdoors, and even says they don't need to self-quarantine after being exposed to the disease.

The bottom line: Many credentials, even the ubiquitous vaccine selfie, will suffice in most situations where vaccination is required. Not everybody needs to — or even should — regularly require the kind of passport that is going to be used for international travel.

  • Vaccine-passport apps are "invasive and downright creepy," write Albert Fox Cahn and Mahima Arya for Wired.
  • "As a community, we trust people to be honest about their vaccine status. While trust may be eroding, technology is no substitute."

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Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Apr 28, 2021 - Health

Rapid at-home COVID tests become available over the counter

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Multiple brands of rapid COVID-19 tests that can be taken at home without a doctor's prescription are finally available over the counter.

Why it matters: Rapid at-home COVID-19 tests put the power of diagnostics in the hands of individual consumers, allowing anyone to surveil themselves regularly for the coronavirus. But getting the most out of them requires a new paradigm around diagnostics — and ultimately, driving down the cost.

Coronavirus cases are finally falling

Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New coronavirus infections fell by roughly 16% over the past week in the U.S. — a big improvement after weeks of stasis.

The big picture: More than half of American adults have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and that seems to finally be putting a dent in the size of the country’s outbreak.

Teachers across the U.S. protest laws restricting racism lessons

Thousands of teachers and other educators held protests across the U.S. Saturday against the actions of "at least 15 Republican-led states" that aim to restrict teaching about racism in class, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: There were demonstrations in at least 22 cities for the "Day of Action" to raise awareness about moves to limit students' exposure to critical race theory, which links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system, per Axios' Russell Contreras.