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Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity


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An actual U.S. passport (left) and the CommonPass app, which was designed to look like a boarding pass.

The first digital vaccine passports for post-pandemic travel have been designed as easy-to-use applications that will one day merge into other travel platforms, like airline apps, their developers say.

Credit: The Commons Project Foundation

Developers of the first digital "vaccine passports" for post-pandemic travel said the applications are designed for ease of use, and engineered to eventually mate with other travel platforms.

The Clear trusted-traveler program is evaluating a Covid-19 test or vaccination-verification app on certain flights into Hawaii.

Meanwhile, organizations like the nonprofit Commons Project Foundation and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are unveiling apps that allow cross-border travelers to demonstrate they have had the COVID-19 test or a vaccination.

Health pass apps aim to navigate users through data entry, while minimizing the information they must input, partly through functions like passport-chip scanning.

IATA's Alan Murray Hayden thinks gradual adoption of such apps will provide a kind of herd immunity for lines at the airport.

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