Digital Health Passports Roll Out That Hold Vaccine Proof, Track COVID Status
CommonPass documents travelers' COVID-19 status electronically for border checks
Airports have begun rolling out new digital health passports for travelers that hold vaccination proof and track the holder's COVID-19 status, according to reports.
The new electronic pass, CommonPass, is already being tested internationally, the Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum announced.
CommonPass will track a person's coronavirus status electronically and present the information to authorities when they board a plane or cross a border.
If the traveler has refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or if they have been in contact with the virus, officials will have the information available immediately, allowing them to deny the person entry to the country.
CommonPass was developed by the Commons Project Foundation, a nonprofit public trust that's building global digital services and platforms, and the World Economic Forum, an international organization for public-private cooperation.
Two major airlines, United and Cathay Pacific, started trials this week at Heathrow, London with new smartphone software that acts as a digital health passport for travelers.
CommonPass has been dubbed the “world’s first COVID passport” by the Daily Mail.
Creators of the CommonPass say that it is “unlocking the full potential of technology and data for the common good,” according to LifeSite News.
Its main page reveals that it “was established with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.”
The CommonPass itself was developed by the Commons Project with help from the World Economic Forum (WEF), under whose guidance top government and corporate leaders foregather yearly at the Davos summit in Switzerland to talk about global – and global governance – issues.
The software is being touted as a state-of-the-art application that will allow people all over the world to resume air travel in “pre-COVID” proportions by giving authorities in all countries access to secure and verified information that will be difficult to forge, while at the same time permitting traveler identification.
Passengers themselves, the (WEF) underscores in a promotional video, will enjoy the “privacy” CommonPass affords them, as they will only share determined health information.
The truth of the matter suggested by this new worldwide app is, of course, that global rules with global implementation will allow control of all potential travelers (from country to country, from city to city) with regard to their COVID-19 status.
At present, a “positive” test effectively prohibits travelers from crossing certain borders and boarding certain aircraft, even if the results were obtained by the notoriously inaccurate PCR test (or nose swab) that identifies a large proportion of past infections long after a person has ceased to be contagious.
The World Economic Forum and other international bodies are making it increasingly clear that when a vaccine is developed, it will most probably be made a prerequisite for travel.
This is not a completely unprecedented situation: a number of subtropical countries require a yellow fever vaccination certificate to allow travelers into their borders.
There is a difference: with COVID-19 and CommonPass – which could of course be extended to other activities than air travel – the surface idea is to “protect” others from death or grave illness, equating dissent with harmfulness to others.
According to the World Economic Forum, “CommonPass aims to develop and launch a standard global model to enable people to securely document and present their COVID-19 status (either as test results or an eventual vaccination status) to facilitate international travel and border crossing while keeping their health information private.
"Recognizing that countries will make sovereign decisions on border entry and health screening requirements, including whether or not to require tests or what type of test to require, CommonPass serves as a neutral platform which creates the interoperability needed for the various 'travel bubbles' to connect and for countries to trust one another's data by leveraging global standards.”
The WEF’s site adds: “For governments, airlines, airports, and other key stakeholders throughout the end-to-end travel journey, CommonPass aims to address these key questions: How can a lab result or vaccination record from another country be trusted?
"Is the lab or vaccination facility accredited/certified?
"How do we confirm that the person who took the test is indeed the person who is traveling?
"Does the traveler meet border entry requirements?”
This is also interesting: one of the objectives is to “support a range of health screening entry requirements that vary from country to country and will evolve through the course of the pandemic and beyond.”
Things might not stop at PCR tests and vaccine records: CommonPass is ready.
The “non-profit” app was imagined first to meet requirements in East Africa, where it was tested in its developing stages to allow the members of the East African Community (one of the numerous integrated economic regions in the world) to work together to make truck transportation available between six countries including Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda despite COVID-19.
All of these densely populated countries have low infection rates and even lower death rates due to the Wuhan coronavirus.
According to the Financial Times, it is the aviation industry that is currently pushing for a unified approach instead of national regulations including voluntary quarantining for passengers from some regions.
The tests with the digital health pass that are currently being run involve journeys on United Airlines and Cathay Pacific routes linking travel hubs including London, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
The trials are being monitored by government agencies, “including US border officials and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” according to the Financial Times.
The daily quoted Christoph Wolff, the WEF’s head of mobility, as saying: “Individual national responses will not be sufficient to address this global crisis.
"Bans, bubbles, and quarantines may provide short-term protection but developed and developing nations alike need a long-term, flexible, and risk-based approach.”
There’s nothing like a health crisis with an “invisible enemy” to promote global governance.