Health Passports on the way!

Michael Moore 15 November 2020

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Special Health Passports are being trailed at Heathrow currently prior to being exported and used worldwide.

According to the International Health Journal, “Trials have now begun of CommonPass, a digital health pass for travellers to securely document their certified COVID-19 test status while keeping their health data private. The aim is to enable safer airline and cross border travel by giving both travellers and governments confidence in each traveller’s verified COVID-19 status.”

The implication being that in order to travel a vaccination permit, called a ‘CommonPass’ will be needed. No vaccination, no travel.

A successful trial on a recent Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Singapore, demonstrated the ease of of use of the CommonPass digital health ‘certificate’ this does NORT replace the traditional; passport but would be in addition to and travel without it would be verboten

CommonPass has been devised by a Swiss-based non-profit foundation and, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, is designed to create a global agreement that will be used by countries to confirm passengers are safe to travel. Airlines will pay to use the service.

Just recently, passengers travelling on a United Airlines flight from London Heathrow to New York Newark took part of in a successful trial of the system last month.

According to the CommonPass website:

“CommonPass 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. Lab results and vaccination records can be accessed through existing health data systems, national or local registries or personal digital health records (Apple Health for iOS, CommonHealth for Android). Apple Health and CommonHealth let individuals store their health records securely and privately on their phones, entirely under their control.”

“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. 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. CommonPass is designed such that it can be accessed directly through other apps and services. The purpose of CommonPass and the Common Trust Framework is to enable safer airline and cross border travel by giving both travellers and governments confidence in each traveller's verified COVID-19 status.”

The system is backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and passengers on the trial flight were required to take a Covid-19 test at Heathrow no more than 72 hours before travel. They then have to complete the health screening questionnaire demanded by US border authorities.

“From a user perspective, [it’s a] very, very simple process,” said JD O’Hara, CEO of Internova Travel Group and one of the volunteers on the first transatlantic flight from Heathrow to use the CommonPass app. “Within 30 minutes [of taking the test], our results were uploaded.”

Paul Meyer, the CEO of the Commons Project, the company that designed the system, said countries that have closed borders and imposed quarantines are looking for ways to “thoughtfully reopen” their borders.

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