THE NEW Covid vaccine app is being trialled in the next two weeks on routes between London and Singapore, with hopes to launch more widely soon after.
Created by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the app, which will store evidence of a negative coronavirus test as well as proof of vaccinations, has raised hopes of summer holidays resuming.
Nick Careen, the industry trade body’s senior vice president for airport passenger cargo and security, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “quite a few” governments have shown an interest in the app.
Asked whether UK passengers would be able to use paper records as proof of vaccination or would need to upload digital evidence, Mr Careen said: “The chances are it will be a combination of the two.
“Speaking specifically for the UK, there have been discussions and there have been some announcements in terms of digitising, and there is a digital record through the NHS of your vaccination regardless of how it is being logged, so the ability to be able to communicate that would not be overly burdensome.
“But, ultimately, yes, we would expect to have to have the ability to be able to upload existing documents but also those that are digital as well.”
In terms of data protection, Mr Careen said the information on the app would not be kept on a central database and that the test and vaccine records would only “exist on your phone”.
Vinoop Goel, IATA’s regional director of airports, previously said: “We are currently working with a number of airlines worldwide and learning from these pilots. And the plan is to go live in March.
“So basically we expect to have a fully functional working system over the next few weeks.”
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Source: the Sun