The digital passports with information on COVID-19 vaccinations for travelers, which the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working on, could be launched “in a matter of weeks.” The Telegraph and BBC write about this with reference to the data provided by IATA. We are talking about an application with verified and secured information about the traveller’s vaccination against COVID-19 or about recent testing.
“The key issue here is trust. Passengers must be confident that the tests they have made are correct and will allow them to enter the country. And governments need to make sure that the tests provided by passengers are correct and meet their own requirements, ”said Vinup Goel, IATA’s Director of Airports and External Affairs for Asia Pacific. In December, Singapore Airlines became the first airline to test the IATA system under development. Other airlines are ready to join the program, including Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand. According to Mr. Goel, the system will be launched in March.
It is not only IATA that is involved in creating vaccination passports. In January, several technology and healthcare companies, including Microsoft, Salesforce and Oracle, launched an initiative to develop this technology, and local systems of this kind are being developed, for example, in Denmark or Los Angeles.