Colombia launches first blockchain based system to track Covid-19 vaccination

As part of a collaborative effort between Algorand (ALGO) and Koibanx, the world’s first blockchain based COVID passport was launched in Colombia this month. The system uses the blockchain technology, which can generate patients’ user-friendly, dependable and straightforward experiences, from paper to digital certificates.

Why tracking Covid vaccination on blockchain?

The digital passport, known as VitalPass, has been developed to track immunization Covid-19 utilizing the powerful Algorand blockchain technology, to provide security, traceability and openness throughout Latin America.

According to the Algorand website, the VitalPass will work like this:

1. When a person visits a participating location for vaccination, an email address will be used to assign a username. The vaccinator will complete a form with information about the person.

2. The certificates will be issued at the healthcare location and registered on the Algorand blockchain through a user interface designed by Koibanx .

 3. This system provides the person with a passport-like document linked to a vaccine verification on the blockchain. The details are accessed through a simple QR code.

4. Verification of the first dose will be shown in yellow on the certificate and the second dose will be shown in green.

The product is the result of a fast effort by La Casita Roja and Auna Ideas, with the help of partners such as the Cardioinfantil Clinic, to track and confirm vaccinated citizens and patients with the highest security

Starting this month, the system will be available in three major Colombian cities: Clinica las Américas in Medellín, Clinica PortoAzul in Barranquilla, and Fundación Cardioinfantil in Bogotá.

Talking about the collaboration, W. Sean Ford, COO of Algorand said: “We are excited about the innovation coming out of Latin America, particularly when it comes to the ability to harness the power of efficient and advanced blockchain to quickly bring innovative solutions to life.” 

He also added, “It is exciting to see the expansion of Algorand’s ecosystem in South America and that several leading organizations were able to coalesce around an open and accessible infrastructure to deliver a mission-critical solution.”

Main picture: Colombia – REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

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