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2021’s new normal – the digital Covid passport

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Looking forward to travelling, shopping, going to the movies? Now that Covid-19 vaccines are beginning to be rolled out around the world, you may now need something in addition to the actual vaccine. Documentation… a vaccine passport.

Documentation, including your current Covid status and vaccination details, will become 2021’s biggest challenge as governments, businesses, and world travel, try and re-establish some sort of workable way forward.

Several companies and technology groups are developing smartphone apps or systems for individuals to upload details of their Covid-19 tests and vaccinations, creating digital credentials that could be shown in order to enter public building, sports stadiums, movie theatres, or even other countries.

One is the Common Trust Network, an initiative by Geneva-based non-profit The Commons Project and the World Economic Forum. Along with airlines Cathay Pacific, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, the new app will allow users to upload medical data and generate a QR code ‘health certificate’ without revealing sensitive information. For travel, the app can lists health pass requirements relating to the countries based on your itinerary.

The next challenge facing the world after populations become more widely inoculated will be privacy issues and representing the effectiveness of the different vaccines. Different apps are tackling these issues in different ways and immigration officials and airlines will have to keep up to date with the various methods of digital ‘covid’ passports in the future.

Of course there’s also a large subset of people that don’t use or have access to smartphones. The Covid-19 Credentials Initiative is also developing a smart card that can easily be updated with the latest information and an online version that’s easier to store.

Still, the real-life implementation, and lack of a worldwide ‘standard’ is going to add to ongoing confusion. Did you get the Pfizer vaccine, did you get the Chinese vaccine, did you get the Russian vaccine, did you get a vaccine developed in the US? The vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm has a reported efficacy of 86% against Covid-19. Vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna each have an efficacy of around 95%.

The CommonPass platform will assess whether a person’s lab test results or vaccination records come from a trusted source and can satisfy the health screening requirements of the country they want to visit.

It also remains unclear how effective the vaccines are in stopping the transmission of the virus. So while a vaccine passport app will show that you’ve received the shot, it may not be a guarantee that you safely attend an event or get on a flight. Like the early days of Covid-19, there will be a steep learning curve and a constant change in the fact pool, mixed in with plenty of spicy conspiracy theories.

Governments and airlines are expecting a variety of apps that can work with each other to be “widely available” within the first half of 2021. IATA, the International Air Transport Association, and most of the larger airlines have already foreshadowed that some sort of digital Covid passport will be necessary before you get on a plane or enter a country in the future.

SOURCE: CommonPass

 

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35 Comments

35 Comments

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    Rasputin

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    I can see the so called ‘Vaccine Passport’ descending into an absolutely unworkable farce with the multitude of vaccines either, On the Market, In Development or Waiting for Approval. Each of these will have different characteristics ie efficiency, length of protection from the virus, the ability of the vaccine to prevent transmission, whether the vaccine offers protection from mutated viruses, if the system is secure, etc, etc. I very much doubt this is the key that will open the boarder gates to all comers in the foreseeable future, without an element of quarantine. Then there is the inevitable detection of forged documentation and false data on devices. I would love to see a solution to the dreaded quarantine, but I don’t think this is it.

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    Brian

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    This seems to be a thinly-veiled ad, or paid propaganda. From the source: “The Commons Project, The World Economic Forum and a broad coalition of public and private partners are collaborating to launch CommonPass, a trusted, globally-interoperable platform for people to document their COVID-19 status”.

    Thaiger staff: do I understand correctly that you were paid to act as if this propaganda is a genuine article?

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    Charles Wall

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Just get the vaccinators to stamp people’s passports.

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      Rasputin

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      I can’t think of anything much easier to circumvent than that. NO government would accept it.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:36 pm

        It would also be illegal by international convention – the worst possible solution.

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          babble

          Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 12:07 pm

          Lol which convention? Ahahah you are such uneducated about travelling aren’t you? 😀

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        babble

        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 12:05 pm

        Not true

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        Thomas

        Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:19 am

        Criteria for Covid death on certificate is within 28 days of testing positive. Never such criteria for flu deaths. Hospitals also paid more money for declaring Covid deaths. Why Covid deaths seems so high is simply manipulation of death figures. Due to Covid, whether it exists as its being pushed or not, more deaths are occurring overall as appointments for all other illnesses are cancelled and many people are just too scared to attend a Hospital.
        The bigger the lie the more it is believed. Unfortunately most people are either subconsciously or consciously too terrified to research too deeply into what is happening and readily accept the general news as gospel. Not that those of us who do the research can do anything about this all, but there is a sense of inner peace that can be found when you find out the why for so many things going on in the world.

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      babble

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      usually a vaccination is stamped on the appropriate vaccine booklet at least in europe.

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    Stephen Green

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    This, ladies and gents, is what the whole thing has been about right from the start. Total annihilation of your liberties, by a gang of international criminals. I won’t be taking the vaccine or complying with their BS, not at any cost.

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      Alte Ledertasche

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:02 am

      You are 100 percent correct.

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        TV

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:33 am

        That’s strange “Alte”, you agree with the phrase “I won’t be taking the vaccine or complying with their BS, not at any cost”. In the previous week, you were telling everyone you will leave Thailand and go to Indonesia, and if that’s not good enough, it will become Dubai. With other words if you can’t fly because you refuse at any cost, you have to stay in Thailand, that would be a shame… for all of us.

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          Alte Ledertasche

          Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:07 pm

          You not get the situation.

          First of all its not Indonesia, its Dubai.

          Second of all, neither Dubai nor my final destination country requires to be vaccinated nor do they require tracking apps, my final destination country not at all and Dubai not for stop overs.

          In this countries vaccination is actually voluntary so They only require PCR tests, my final destination country not even for their citizens.

          Should I have to stay in Dubai I will predict not to having a smart phone. I still have my old NOKIA. If this not works I will download the app and directly after take the sim card out of the phone and shut it down. After I will buy a tourist sim and use my third phone using other accounts and credentials. Very simple.

          • The Thaiger

            The Thaiger

            Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 4:30 pm

            Good lord! You’re making a lot of fuss over a situation that is likely to spin on a dime. Just roll your sleeve up and take it like a man.

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            Issan John

            Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:39 pm

            Just go. Now, while you still can.

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            Alte Ledertasche

            Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:25 pm

            The Thaiger, I am not as obedient as you leftist humanitarian libtards

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            babble

            Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:39 pm

            who cares about your meaningless life?

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            preesy chepuce

            Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:19 pm

            This all sounds like foreplay in a gay orgy porno, you guys… how do I know? Why do you ask? lol

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            indisPC

            Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:18 pm

            I read today that at current vaccination rates, it’ll be 10 years before the entire population can be vaccinated.

            At current infection rates, most of the world will be at or near herd immunity in 10 months.

            Not sure why fake journos have such an affinity towards taking away our rights, but I’ll never trust them again.

            Install adblock today and together we can rid the world of the news media.

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    Dreqo

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Best put that right back up where you found it, mate.

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    Dude

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    I wonder how much The Thaiger got paid to promote this nonsense??

  7. Avatar

    indisPC

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Why go such extremes for a virus that has a 0.2% fatality rate?

    There are so many worse things out there. But hey, fake journos gonna fake journo.

    Install adblock today and together we can rid this planet of the news media.

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      J

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      Those other more lethal diseases in mortality % ages aren’t filling up hospital beds and ICU’s though are they or killing so many people?

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    Ben

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 8:03 am

    I’m sure this group won’t be recruited to develop the solution to this problem. And it will get developed because this involves hundreds of billions of dollars in commerce internationally and domestically world-wide. And whoever figures this out will be handsomely rewarded.

    2021 will be a year of figuring out how countries want to manage COVID-19 going forward. COVID-19 is here to stay the same as the flu but now we’ll have tools such as vaccines and treatments to keep it manageable. People die of the flu everyday and it’ll be the same with COVID-19 going forward although at a much slower rate because we’ll have tools.

    In 2021, while most of the world is trying to get vaccinated, countries may require documentation to prove you’ve been vaccinated and are not infected. After most have been vaccinated then this may not be necessary I hope.

    For those of you that refuse to be vaccinated that’s your choice. Remember this is asymptomatically spread, unlike the flu, so you’ll be unprotected. If you’re fat, old or have health problems then you might become a future COVID-19 statistic. For 2021, and maybe 2022 if not beyond, you won’t be traveling internationally.

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      Rasputin

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:17 am

      To put your comments on Flu deaths vs Covid deaths into perspective: In the UK, the flu kills on average 11,000 people per year. In the UK, covid has killed 70,000 in just 9 months (and almost certainly will kill over 100,000 before March 2021) being highly contagious, make it a far more deadly virus than the flu.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:47 pm

        …and what a lot of people overlook, Rasputin, is that that’s despite all the lockdowns and precautions, which have a massive affect on reducing Covid transmission since the carriers are mainly asymptomatic, so wouldn’t normally be taking any precautions, while flu carriers are the opposite, nearly all symptomatic, so they’d normally be isolating, off work, etc.

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          preesy chepuce

          Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:22 pm

          They really don’t… and moreover… how could you possibly know, with such a moving target and such intermittent and inconsistent testing?!
          You talk as if you have loads of data at your fingertips, you don’t, only slimy bogies.

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        Ben

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:09 pm

        COVID statistics show it’s 3-4 times more deadly than the flu once you’re infected and it’s much more likely you’ll get infected because it’s asymptomatically spread, unlike the flu, so your statistics are a reflection of that.

        Once everyone has been vaccinated and effective treatments and testing exist, COVID deaths will decrease because we have these tools. Your UK statistics to date reflect the UK being totally defenseless against this disease. Deaths would be much higher without the masks, social distancing, hand washing and occasional lockdowns. Without tools an estimate of the death toll would likely be in the range of .3-.4% of the total UK population of 66 million or 198K-264K plus 10% because there would be zero space available for care in the hospitals.

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          preesy chepuce

          Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:47 am

          See masks only work if they are used properly, as well as being of the correct type. As someone with medical professionals in my family I’m very aware of how diseases tend to pool and be spread in medical estabilshments, because of the critical mass of “bug” and oversights in hygiene. Masks, when used without nitrile gloves, and when not placed in sterile containers when not in use, and when moist from hours of breath, become repositories of disease, and people don’t appreciate that if they don’t use equipment correctly, it becomes a spreading source of disease, rather than a protector of it.

          Never mind people using cotton hankies, or cheap masks as chin warmers or earrings… even the proper masks, once coated with bacteria and viruses, become potential petri-dishes. Then imagine using your bare unwashed hands to take off a mask and touch a doorknob, and you begin to realise the futility of all this, especially when so few people know how to do hygiene properly.

          As for statistics, there’s a fair bit of uncertainty about the real breakdown of those stats, some parts of them are multivariate and that is susceptible to glossing over by journalists who want as big a number as possible for a juicy headline…

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          Jeff

          Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:55 pm

          Before you start trumpeting “deaths from Covid”, you’d better do deep research as to what is going on with the reporting of “Covid deaths”. I think you will find that the death rate is artificially bloated and there are reasons for it, financial being a big one.

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        Richard

        Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 10:28 pm

        In the US this year the flu reported cases is minimal. Nothing but Chinese Flu this year. Yet this 3rd world country we live in has had only 61 deaths related to china flu, who would’ve thought.
        Will I take the vaccine yes, reluctantly. Why because of elderly parents and grandchildren, otherwise I’d say hell freaking no

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        Thomas

        Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:18 am

        Criteria for Covid death on certificate is within 28 days of testing positive. Never such criteria for flu deaths. Hospitals also paid more money for declaring Covid deaths. Why Covid deaths seems so high is simply manipulation of death figures. Due to Covid, whether it exists as its being pushed or not, more deaths are occurring overall as appointments for all other illnesses are cancelled and many people are just too scared to attend a Hospital.
        The bigger the lie the more it is believed. Unfortunately most people are either subconsciously or consciously too terrified to research too deeply into what is happening and readily accept the general news as gospel. Not that those of us who do the research can do anything about this all, but there is a sense of inner peace that can be found when you find out the why for so many things going on in the world.

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        preesy chepuce

        Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:40 am

        The flu numbers reported by the head of the NHS on a televised interview last week were 20,000 deaths last winter from flu – he was correcting a journalist. The differential is more like 3:1, which is not as different.

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    babble

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:58 am

    When I travel to countries requiring a mandatory yellow fever vaccination, I just show my vaccine booklet with the physical label on it certifying I am covered, a label which is also signed by my doctor. Why don’t they simply use this already existing method, instead of inventing a digital passport which can be faked very easily? Nonsense

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      preesy chepuce

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      When I travel to countries requiring a mandatory yellow fever vaccination, they make you get a visa that requires you to submit your yellow fever booklet to get the visa, then require you to take it with you anyway, so that the airport staff can pull you aside into a room and ask for a bribe.

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