Thursday, December 31, 2020

Vaccine Passport May Soon Become A Reality, Know How This Will Aid Travel

Vaccine Passport: The new decade of 2021-2030 is upon us amid this pandemic, and with the nations proceeding with coronavirus vaccines, there are expectations that the world can return to normalcy next year. Covid-19 has already infected more than 80 million people worldwide and killed 1.76 million. It has changed the way we live, work and travel.

From donning masks to social distancing, a lot of things became new normal for us. And now the concept of vaccine passport application has come to the fore, and may become a reality soon. As the name suggests, the mobile app, with proof that the user has been tested negative for coronavirus, will be become the passport to concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, offices, or even countries, as per the CNN report.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO), has said that these passports may not be helpful in reducing transmission as there was always a possibility of second infection.

- Companies and technology groups worldwide have started developing smartphone apps or systems for individuals to upload details of their Covid-19 tests and vaccinations, creating digital credentials.

- One of such examples is the CommonPass app, created by the Common Trust Network, which allows users to upload medical data such as a Covid-19 test result or proof of vaccination. A pass is generated in the form of a QR code which can be presented to authorities. Common Trust Network is an initiative by The Commons Project and the World Economic Forum. These organisations have partnered with airlines such as Cathay Pacific, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic for the same.

- IBM has also developed an app called Digital Health Pass. This app allows companies to scan for their requirements of entry, such as coronavirus tests and temperature checks.

-However, developers may now have to confront other challenges, ranging from privacy issues to representing the varied effectiveness of different vaccines.

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