Blockchain has become one of the most widely-used technologies in the world today. Its transparent nature makes it easy to track and obtain accurate information. South Korea now wants to use it to issue digital passports that would testify that an individual got a Covid-19 vaccine.
South Korea will use blockchain to issue vaccine passports
South Korea revealed earlier today that it would issue COVID-19 vaccine passports to immunized citizens. Hence, becoming one of the countries to use the technology to properly track Covid-19 vaccination.
According to a report by Reuters earlier today, South Korea is making a move to ensure cross-border travel becomes easier for people again while keeping infection risk under control. The Coronavirus has made things harder for people to travel to other countries over the past year. However, with vaccines now available, vaccinated people have the chance to travel to other countries.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun said South Korea would use a mobile app that allows international travelers to show digital proof of vaccination. The Asian country will launch the mobile app this month.
Chung told a government meeting that “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.” The use of blockchain technology is to prevent counterfeit and ensure infection rates at kept low.
Digital vaccine passports causing controversy
Several countries have introduced digital vaccine passports. However, it has proven to be controversial in most cases. China and certain countries have introduced certificates, and the EU has caved to pressure from tourism-dependent southern countries to launch the certificates.
Blockchain technology is expected to play a crucial role in Covid-19 vaccination and certification. More countries are expected to roll out similar passports as the world slowly reverses back to normal.