Microsoft and Cigna form coalition for digital records of COVID-19 vaccination

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Microsoft Corp, health insurance Cigna Corp and Mayo Clinic are part of a coalition pushing for digital records of people who get vaccinated from COVID-19.

A key goal of the project, known as Vaccination Credential Initiative, is to help people store encrypted digital copies of their immunization records in an electronic wallet of their choice, the companies said in a joint statement released on Thursday.

These records could be used, using an individual’s consent, by schools that are attempting to re-open or even for entry into concerts in the future, Joan Harvey, an executive at Cigna unit Evernorth told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters.

The coalition would like to supply authorities and companies access to a “solid, widely accepted verification program” that could assist them bring people back to work and resume public events”, Harvey added.

The coalition has partnered with organizations such as hospitals and pharmacies that are administering the vaccines, stated Brian Anderson from Mitre Corp, one of the members of their initiative.

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Other businesses which are a part of this initiative include Salesforce, Oracle Corp and Cerner Corp.

In the United States, where vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are authorized for emergency use, vaccinated individuals receive a vaccination card or printout.

The present system doesn’t readily support suitable sharing and access of vaccination records, the firms said.

Individuals without smartphones would receive paper-based QR codes which link to their own vaccine documents.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Amruta Khandekar in Bengaluru and Tina Bellon in New York. Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri and Maju Samuel.

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