South Korea to Launch Blockchain-based Vaccine Passports
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun has announced the launch of blockchain-based vaccine certificates later this month, but the concept has gained controversial popularity across the world.
South Korea is joining the group of countries to introduce vaccine certificates that allows cross-border travel while mitigating the risk of infections.
The Prime Minister suggested there could be substantial advantages for citizens at home too. “The introduction of a vaccine passport or ‘Green Pass’ will only allow those who have been vaccinated to experience the recovery to their daily lives,” Chung said on a daily inter-agency pandemic response meeting.
The government has developed the application based on blockchain technology in order to provide security against the possibility of identity theft. "Other countries also do not store personal information while allowing the verification of vaccination statuses," Chung noted.
While 77,000 people have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 in South Korea so far, the country saw a spike of more than 500 daily cases on Wednesday. The Government expects to vaccinate 12 million people by June.
Brazil too, opting a blockchain-based system to record the vaccinations, meanwhile IBM helped New York to develop the Excelsior Pass, which is using blockchain technology for data security. The New York state government said of the pass:
“Businesses and venues can scan and validate your pass to ensure you meet any COVID vaccination or testing requirements for entry.”
China has already implemented a system and the European Union is planning to do so by June. The International Air Transport Association is developing an app called Travel Pass, which might become the standard protocol for cross-border traveling.
Although vaccine passports remain highly controversial, especially in the US and among the crypto community. The Republican Governor of South Dakota’s Kristi Noem, expressed the concept as “one of the most un-American ideas in our nation’s history” while Ron DeSantis, the Republican Governor of Florida, is trying to ban mandated COVID passes around the state.
Crypto could also play a small role in preventing efforts to proffer non-blockchain-based vaccination certificates.