Tens of thousands of protesters took the streets of London on Saturday in protest of COVID-19 lockdowns. The “Unite for Freedom” march, as it was dubbed by organizers, took place despite restrictions on mass gatherings.
Officials capped the crowd at 10,000, though attendees believe that the number was higher. Anti-lockdown mayoral candidates Piers Corbyn and Laurence Fox were in attendance and marched with demonstrators.
Boris Johnson confirmed that vaccine passports were being developed earlier this month. England recently began to start limping out of a months-long lockdown process with barbershops, restaurants and other industries opening up on April 5. The current lockdown is the third national lockdown since the pandemic began.
The government’s goal is to have every adult in England receive at least one shot by July. They will also be encouraging citizens to test for COVID-19 twice a week in order to stamp out future outbreaks.
As for vaccine passports, they will be subject to debate in Parliament. The idea has received opposition across the political spectrum, as well as the world at large. The leader of the country’s opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, called the idea “un-British.”
The government has stated that vaccine passports are “almost unavoidable”, but added that they wouldn’t be necessary for businesses deemed essential or public transport.