The South Korean Prime Minister said on Thursday that South Korea will launch a blockchain vaccine passport via a smartphone app later this month.
South Korea is joining the ranks of other countries to introduce vaccine certificates to make cross-border travel possible while reducing the risk of infection.
South Korean Prime Minister Ding Shijun said that this may also bring substantial benefits to its citizens.
He said at the daily inter-departmental pandemic response meeting: “The introduction of vaccine passports (‘green passes’) will only allow people who have been vaccinated to resume their daily lives.”
The government developed this application using blockchain technology to provide security against the possibility of identity theft. Ding Shijun pointed out: “The [systems] in other countries will not store personal information when they allow verification of the vaccination status.”
Up to now, 77,000 people in South Korea have been vaccinated against the new crown pneumonia, and there were 551 new cases daily in South Korea on Wednesday. The government hopes to vaccinate 12 million people by June.
Brazil is also using a blockchain-based system to track vaccination, and IBM helped New York develop the Excelsior Pass, which uses blockchain technology to ensure information security. When talking about Pass, the New York State Government stated:
“Businesses and establishments can scan and verify your pass to ensure that you meet any new coronavirus vaccination or entry testing requirements.”
China has implemented a system, and the European Union plans to implement it by June. The International Air Transport Association is developing an application called Travel Pass, which may become the standard for cross-border travel.
Vaccine passports are still controversial, especially in the United States and some crypto communities. Republican Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem called this concept “one of the most incompatible ideas in the history of our country”, and Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is trying to ban an authorized COVID-19 passport in Florida.
Cryptocurrency may also play a role in preventing the enforcement of non-blockchain vaccination certificates. According to the BBC, online security agency CheckPoint found 1,200 vaccines and vaccine passport advertisements on the dark web:
“Checkpoint investigators found that many sellers provided forged documents, including a document allegedly from the UK, with a $150 vaccination card, and using untraceable Bitcoin as a payment method.”
Author/ Translator: Jamie Kim
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