New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced blockchain-powered vaccine passports.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York has announced the launch of a blockchain-powered vaccine passport built on IBM’s Digital Health Pass.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the city’s blockchain-powered “Excelsior Pass” vaccination passport on March 26.

The passport is distributed through a free and voluntary website that validates Covid-19 vaccines or unfavourable test results via a QR code for smartphone scanning or printing. The Excelsior Pass is meant to aid in the reopening of businesses and public spaces in New York.

The vaccination passport is based on IBM’s blockchain-powered Digital Health Pass, which allows a user’s identification, vaccination records, and test results to be checked and safely exchanged while sharing no unrelated personal details.

Governor Cuomo stressed the importance of leveraging technologies to reopen in a manner that supports both public health and the economy in his announcement:

“As more New Yorkers get vaccinated each day and as key public health metrics continue to regularly reach their lowest rates in months, the first-in-the-nation Excelsior Pass heralds the next step in our thoughtful, science-based reopening.”

“IBM is proud to support the State of New York in its attempts to adapt creative technology to help people and cities respond to COVID-19,” said Steve LaFleche, General Manager of IBM Public and Federal Markets.

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Cuomo first unveiled plans for a blockchain-powered vaccine passport on March 2, after a successful trial of the device the previous week at a Brooklyn Nets NBA tournament.

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