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"COVID passports" could be required as companies begin developing apps for travelers

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Posted at 12:53 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 13:01:04-05

(WTXL) — In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, new technology seeks to make sure there's a record of your COVID-19 status no matter where you go.

According to CNN Business, several companies have begun developing smartphone apps or systems to keep record of people's COVID-19 tests and vaccinations.

One of those companies is the Common Trust Network.

They've created an app, called the CommonPass app, that "lets individuals access their lab results and vaccination records, and consent to have that information used to validate their COVID status without revealing any other underlying personal health information."

The "pass" would be available in the form of a QR code that can be verified by authorities prior to travel.

"The CommonPass platform assesses whether the individual’s lab test results or vaccination records (1) come from a trusted source, and (2) satisfy the health screening requirements of the country they want to enter," the company wrote on its website. "CommonPass delivers a simple yes/no answer as to whether the individual meets the current entry criteria, but the underlying health information stays in the individual’s control."

CNN Business reports that the company has already partnered with several health systems to offer the service and has even partnered with several airlines including JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, and United Airlines.

Other companies like IBM and its Digital Health Pass are also developing similar technology for organizations to use.

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering