South Korea’s prime minister said on Thursday that South Korea will unveil passports for blockchain-based vaccines via a smartphone app later this month.
South Korea joins several other countries to offer vaccine certificates that allow cross-border travel while reducing the risk of infection.
Prime Minister Chung Se Kyun suggested that home residents could also reap big benefits:
He said during a daily meeting of people suffering from the epidemic: “Presenting a certificate of vaccination or a green passport will only allow those who have been vaccinated to experience recovery in their daily lives.”
The government has developed an app that uses blockchain technology as a way to protect against potential identity theft. “[Systems] in other countries also don’t store personal information, which allows checking the vaccination status,” Zhang said.
While 77,000 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in South Korea, 551 cases were reported daily across the country on Wednesday. The government hopes to vaccinate 12 million people by June.
Brazil also uses a blockchain-based system to track vaccines, and IBM New York has helped develop the Excelsior Pass, which uses blockchain technology to provide information security. The New York State government announced the passport:
“ Companies and squares can scan your passport and verify its validity to make sure it meets the Coronavirus vaccination or entry requirements.
China implemented the system and the European Union plans to do so by June. The International Air Transport Association is developing an app called Travel Pass which could become a standard for cross-border travel.
Vaccine passports are still a matter of great controversy, especially in the United States and in parts of the cryptocurrency community. Republican South Dakota Gov. Christy Noem described the concept as “one of the most anti-American ideas in the history of our country,” while Ron DeSantes, the Republican governor of Florida, sought to ban authorized COVID crossings in the state.
Cryptocurrency could also play a small role in blocking attempts to implement vaccination certificates not linked to the blockchain. The BBC reports that cybersecurity agency CheckPoint found 1,200 vaccine ads and vaccine passports on the darknet:
“Investigators at Check Point found that several vendors presenting fake documents, including a suspect in the United Kingdom, with a $ 150 vaccination card using the hard-to-track cryptocurrency Bitcoin as a method of payment.”