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New York launches blockchain-based COVID-19 passports

The blockchain based application is the first of its kind in the US; allows users to register their recent negative PCR, an antigen test result, or vaccination.
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Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, declared an IBM’s blockchain-based application is now available. This is the first of its kind in the US and allows users to register their recent negative PCR, an antigen test result, or vaccination.

The app, called Excelsior Pass, will give users a pass that can be printed or saved on their smartphones. The QR code can be scanned via an associated application to confirm vaccination or negative results and all will be registered on the blockchain.

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The first locations to implement this technology are Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Time Union Center in Albany. With time other venues and businesses will be added.

More and more venues are requiring the vaccine certification to allow entrance and in the state of New York, the people that have already been vaccinated can participate in larger assemblies.

“New Yorkers have proven they can follow public health guidance to beat back COVID and the innovative Excelsior Pass is another tool in our new toolbox to fight the virus while allowing more sectors of the economy to reopen safely and keeping personal information secure,” Andrew Cuomo said.

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But how is it connected to blockchain technology?

The IBM Digital Health Pass is a system created on blockchain that confirms a user’s health status. When someone gets a vaccine, a health credential in a digital wallet on his smartphone will be provided. This way the user will be able to control the safety of the health data and protect personal privacy.

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