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COVID Vaccine Certificate: Building on Lessons from Digital ID for the Digital Yellow Card   [open pdf - 178KB]

From the Introduction: "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] vaccination efforts are well and truly underway across the world [hyperlink]. In addition to those in Europe and North America, vaccination campaigns are gathering pace across China, India, Russia, and the Middle East, though lagging in many other, mostly poor, countries. As more start scaling up their own programs and the number of vaccinated people increases over the coming year, a COVID Vaccine Certificate (CVC) is likely to become an important tool to help monitor and manage the rollout of vaccinations and get national economies back on track. Such a credential will also be needed to facilitate the safe movement of people across countries [hyperlink], including to rejuvenate the tourism industry, which is important for many developing countries. Since a vaccination certificate is a form of functional ID [identification], with one component consisting of data related to the vaccination--such as date, vaccine, place of vaccination, and other relevant information--and the other the identity of the holder, it may be useful to consider some lessons learned from the rollout of identification (ID) systems across the world. One thing is clear: the CVC will be a formidable challenge, not only to international cooperation, but because it will need to be implemented in the course of mass vaccination campaigns across countries with very different health management systems and ID systems and with a constantly evolving situation."

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2021-02
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Center for Global Development. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
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