NY Governor Cuomo launches blockchain-powered vaccination passports

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the launch of the town’s blockchain-powered “Excelsior Pass” vaccination passport on March 26.

The passport is issued by a free and voluntary platform that verifies Covid-19 vaccinations or destructive take a look at outcomes through a QR code for smartphone scanning or printing. The Excelsior Pass is meant to help the method of reopening companies and public venues throughout New York.

The vaccination passport is constructed on IBM’s blockchain-powered Digital Health Pass, which allows a person’s identification, vaccination historical past, and take a look at outcomes to be verified and securely shared with out revealing unrelated private data.

In the announcement, Governor Cuomo emphasised the significance of using technology to reopen in a method that caters to each public health and the economic system:

“As more New Yorkers get vaccinated each day and as key public health metrics continue to regularly reach their lowest rates in months, the first-in-the-nation Excelsior Pass heralds the next step in our thoughtful, science-based reopening.”

Steve LaFleche, General Manager of IBM Public and Federal Markets, pleasure in helping New York’s plan for reopening, stating: “IBM is proud to help the State of New York with its efforts to use progressive applied sciences to assist residents and communities reply to COVID-19.”

Cuomo first revealed plans for a blockchain-powered vaccination passport on March 2, following a profitable trial of the system at a Brooklyn Nets NBA game the earlier week.