‘Immunity passport’ to tackle Covid-19 unites ID firms


The COVID Credentials initiative (CCI) has unveiled a plan to use digital identity to address the spread of COVID-19.

The idea is that a digital “immunity passport” can be developed using the recently approved World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Verifiable Credentials standard.

The group includes individuals who are part of Evernym, ID2020, Sovrin, Dutch research organization TNO, Microsoft, Transmute, ConsenSys Health and consultants Luxoft. So far, at least 69 have signed up. 

“This isn’t your average self organisation effort,” said Sovrin co-chair Drummond Reed in a Zoom meeting for the new credentials initiative. “We’re doing something here that can save lives. That can help ideally with the global economic recovery from what may be the deepest economic trough we hit in our lifetime.”  

Reed continued: “So, it’s really important I ask everyone participating in this to check your egos, to check your company agendas, even in some cases check your country’s agendas and let’s work together to make this work in every one of these task forces.”

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