On Wednesday, United Airlines, the U.S. national airline, will test a digital health passport to set a common international standard for Covid-19 test results and will eventually open borders when the vaccine is announced.
Supported by the World Economic Forum and Switzerland-based company The Commons Project and rated successful if successful, Commonpass, a nonprofit initiative, could convince governments to ease travel restrictions and quarantines that the world is suffering from due to the ongoing pandemic.
The initiative starts with the United Airlines flight from London Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport, followed by Cathay Pacific. Other major airlines will also run trials in November and December.
Paul Meyer, executive director of The Commons Project, told a leading newspaper: “The aim of these trials is to demonstrate to governments that they can count on someone to be tested in one country and provide their references in another . “
The volunteers making the debut flight with the Commonpass Initiative will be watched by the US CDC and upload COVID-19 results from a certified laboratory along with full health screening questions on their smartphone to a QR code generate that the airlines and staff can get scan and review.
They present the code, which can be printed for passengers without mobile devices, before departure and upon arrival.
The aim of this project is to build a network of trusted laboratories based on the results and vaccination records that can be certified across borders. This method replaces the current method of exchanging paper-based data and easily falsified test results in laboratories.
“The labs would verify someone’s identity for the app, which was designed to protect personal data and privacy,” Meyer said. “The model only works if countries agree to trust health data from other countries,” he continued.
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