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The Healthy: “What’s a Vaccine Passport and Do You Need One?”

February 11, 2021

So you got the Covid-19 vaccine. Is it a ticket to take a trip wherever you want? Some tourist destinations say yes, as the concept of a “vaccine passport” circulates around the world.

TechRepublic: “Open source “vaccine passports:” Linux Foundation Public Health talks development, security, and digitally restoring trust”

February 8, 2021

So-called vaccine passports, a person’s proof of vaccination, could enable travel and entry into spaces in the months ahead. The COVID-19 Credentials Initiative (CCI) is hosted by Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) and is working with a number of partners to build these solutions and standardize an approach to vaccination credentials.

The New York Times: “Coming Soon: The ‘Vaccine Passport’”

February 4, 2021

“Everybody who has traveled internationally to countries that require vaccination against malaria, diphtheria and other things has had yellow cards,” said Brian Behlendorf, executive director of Linux Foundation Public Health, a technology-focused organization helping public health authorities combat Covid-19 around the world. Its focus is helping projects, communities and companies build open-source technology. “Parents with kids in public school have had to prove their kids have been vaccinated. This is not something new.”

The New York Times: “Covid-19 Live Updates: As U.S. Vaccinations Speed Up, Cautious Optimism Grows”

February 4, 2021

“Parents with kids in public school have had to prove their kids have been vaccinated. This is not something new,” said Brian Behlendorf, executive director of Linux Foundation Public Health, an open-source, technology-focused organization helping public health authorities combat Covid-19 around the world.

Raconteur: “Vaccine passports: key to reopening or unfair and divisive?”

January 26, 2021

With the rollout of mass vaccination programmes against coronavirus in a number of countries, many are beginning to contemplate doing everyday things again, from going to the cinema to taking a holiday or attending a concert. However, with cases still high and worries about new variants emerging, businesses and governments are increasingly likely to want proof people have had a jab and therefore pose less of a health risk.

CNN: “If you want to travel next year, you may need a vaccine passport”

December 28, 2020

“I think where exposure notification ran into some challenges was more of the piecemeal implementation choices, lack of federal leadership … where each state had to go it alone and so each state had to figure it out independently,” said Jenny Wanger, who leads the exposure notification initiatives for Linux Foundation Public Health, a tech-focused organization helping public health authorities around the world combat Covid-19.

NBC: “Two tech groups say they’ll merge efforts on digital vaccine cards”

December 17, 2020

Two groups of technologists said Wednesday they were combining their work to speed up the development of digital vaccine cards, so that people may eventually be able to use a smartphone app to prove they’ve gotten a Covid-19 vaccine.

Washington Post: “A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on.”

November 18, 2020

The coronavirus surge is upon us, and your phone might be able to help. More than 160 million Americans have the ability to get pop-up notifications from local health authorities when they’ve personally spent time near someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Business Insider: “The Linux Foundation wants to help combat COVID-19 with free, open source apps to tell people when they’ve been exposed to the virus”

October 30, 2020

The Linux Foundation wants to help combat COVID-19 with free, open source apps to tell people when they’ve been exposed to the virus

The Linux Foundation has a new Public Health group that wants to use open source software to address the coronavirus crisis and future epidemics.

  • Linux Foundation launched a public health unit in July to use open source software to combat the coronavirus pandemic and future epidemics.
  • The foundation now has two apps: COVID Green, which is built by NearForm developers in Ireland, and COVID Shield, which is built by Shopify developers in Canada.
  • Currently, contact tracing apps are not widely used, but the general manager of the initiative is optimistic that adoption will improve thanks to this tech.

The Colorado Sun: “A phone app that will tell you if you’ve been exposed to coronavirus is about to launch in Colorado. Here’s how to use it.”

October 23, 2020

Colorado is hoping to dramatically expand its coronavirus contact-tracing and notification capacity starting this weekend, with the launch of a new phone application that can alert someone if they’ve been exposed to the virus — but only if people opt into it.