New York governor Cuomo reveals COVID-19 pilot built on IBM blockchain

Blockchain could play a crucial role in COVID-19 vaccination management as the globe starts to emerge from the crisis.
A sense of relief has begun to emerge as COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be administered across the world. While hopeful, a new challenge remains: distinguishing between individuals vaccinated and those unvaccinated. Various statistics claim that very little of the world’s population has been fully vaccinated as of the start of March 2021. While this number is still low, some regions like Texas have optimistically begun lifting mask mandates in hopes of resuming normal lifestyles. Other states across America, however, have started taking safer precautions to ensure normalcy following the COVID-19 vaccination rollouts. For example, New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a pilot program to trial the “Excelsior Pass,” a solution based on IBM’s Digital Health Pass powered by blockchain technology. According to the New York State blog post, “the Excelsior Pass will confirm an individual’s vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test through a confidential data transfer” between businesses in accordance with New York State guidelines.Blockchain enables secure data sharingJason Kelley, the general manager for IBM Services, told Cointelegraph that New York has customized the app to meet the state’s specific needs. “Modifications are being made to address those requirements. The underlying technology is the same as IBM Digital Health Pass,” said Kelley.The Excelsior Pass was initially tested during the Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on Feb. 27. The app was piloted once again during …
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