In a stunning reversal on Monday, Britain's vaccine rollout minister walked back his statements about Covid-19 passports and forced vaccine mandates, saying the measures are "discriminatory and completely wrong."
Nadhim Zahawi said the British government will not require so-called "Covid-19 passports" that confirms the holder was vaccinated.
Zahawi also said the UK would "definitely not" mandate the coronavirus vaccines, or place restrictions on those who chose not to get the vaccines.
Zahawi made the announcement during a Westminster Hall debate after a petition garnered 340,000 signatures against the Covid passports and vaccine mandates.
He said he previously "misspoke."
"I think mandating vaccinations is discriminatory and completely wrong," he said. "I would urge businesses listening to this debate today not to even think about this."
Zahawi added, "We have absolutely no plans for vaccine passporting."
Civil liberties groups praised Zahawi's reversal as "a welcome return to rationality."
Just two weeks ago, Zahawi said bars, cinemas, restaurants and sports venues should "demand proof of vaccination" before allowing customers to enter.
But that was before health officials reluctantly agreed that there isn't enough data to prove the vaccine can stop or prevent the spread of the coronavirus,
There is still no cure for a virus.