There are a variety of alternatives to ensure safe and COVID-19 free environments in the new normal. After the arrival and application of the first vaccines in the world, airlines, work centers, governments and international organizations such as the World Health Organization have turned to Digital Health tools for the creation of medical certificates that include information on symptoms, application of the vaccine or negative COVID-19 diagnostic test.
Digital passport initiatives for travel have been presented in recent months, CommonPass is one of these proposals to seek safe international travel free of potential infection through the development of an application that verifies that the traveler has no symptoms, and has given a negative result in COVID test. This proposal is being developed by The Commons Project Foundation, a Swiss-based non-profit organization. This organization has had contact with representatives of the World Economic Forum and recently joined their projects with the Airport Council International, which represents about 2,000 airports worldwide. In addition, five airlines will be involved in the project to ensure safety in international travel.
The WHO has also made a proposal for a digital and updated version of the Carte Jaune , for which they have assembled a group of experts who will develop the project. Smart Vaccination Certificate is the name of this project that seeks to ensure a reliable and secure electronic registry of people who have had access to the COVID-19 vaccine: “A multi-sectoral consortium focused on supporting a governance model, joint learning, and key standards for a digital smart yellow card and trusted architecture to support roll out of the anticipated COVAX, and application to other routine immunisation systems”, the WHO stated in their announcement on the initiative.
On the other hand, far from the travel and airports Well.Me initiative in the UK will launch a tracking and tracing system in their Digital Health passes against COVID-19. Which is specialized for employers to ensure safe working environments for their employees. “n getting Britain back to work it is vital that we give major employers, including our health service, the means to combat outbreaks of COVID-19 in the workplace,” explained Keith Lewis, executive director of the company.
COVIPASS, a medical certificate generated through a QR code. This initiative has been developed by Tento Health, a company specialized in the creation and application of Digital Health tools and technologies. This application is also aimed at employees and customers, through the app they can confirm their health status and is also able to add the result of COVID tests. This is also useful for local and international air travel.
Different approaches have been developed, some more complex than others, and of course with different functions, however, equally useful for the verification of medical information, especially related COVID-19.
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