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IATA ready to launch vaccination passports for travellers "within weeks"

02/24/2021 - 02:49

Digital passports with COVID-19 vaccination information for travellers, which the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working on, could be launched "within weeks".

The Telegraph and BBC report this, citing data provided by IATA. It is primarily about an app with verified and secure traveler vaccination information against COVID-19 or a recent test.

"The key issue here is trust. Passengers need to be assured that the tests they have done 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 Vinoop Goel, IATA's director of airports and external relations for the Asia-Pacific region. 

In December, Singapore Airlines became the first airline to test the system being developed by IATA. Other airlines, including Emirates, Etihad, Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways are ready to join the programme. Mr. Goel said the system will be launched in March.

It is not just IATA that is creating vaccination passports. In January, several technology and medical companies, including Microsoft, Salesforce and Oracle, launched an initiative to develop such technology, and local systems are being developed, such as in Denmark or Los Angeles.