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Big Data Analytics on Vaccine Passport

The world is not out of the Covid-19 pandemic. But since the beginning of inoculation programs, we see light at the end of the tunnel.

People are slowly walking out of their homes into the real world encountering everyday challenges after getting two doses of vaccine.

But country-country travel is still at stake. While some nations like the UK and the US are getting out of the second wave, some other nations like India are just stepping into it.

Henceforth, countries from around the world are barring flights and passengers from nations that are recording a high number of cases, even when the travelers are vaccinated.

To stop this, vaccine passport is being introduced in some countries to pave way for free movement to inoculated people.

Since vaccine passports are playing a big role in retrieving the world out of the pandemic, let’s take you through its basics and the technology behind it.

What is a vaccine passport? A vaccine passport is proof that a person has been immunized against Covid-19. It is a ticket back to normalcy that is in the form of a smartphone app or a written certificate. But mostly, it is featured in digital form to make data easily accessible.

While it is clear that vaccine passports play an important role in today’s world, we also need to speak about big data analytics that is powering the initiative.

Big data analytics helps governments to keep track of vaccinated people who are eligible to apply for vaccine passports. Many countries are rolling out vaccine passports as a move towards normality.

In Israel, citizens are receiving a government-validated certificate called the ‘Green Pass,’ which is valid for a period of six months after their receive vaccination.

Denmark also announced a new digital corona passport that will show whether people have been vaccinated against the disease or not.

Meanwhile, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global aviation body, will soon launch its digital travel pass to enable international travelers to store information about their health, travel, Covid diagnosis, and vaccination status.

Unfortunately, using big data analytics in vaccine passports also has its downside. Critics warn that it could open the door to inequalities and threats to data privacy.

People already show reluctance to share their health data. Henceforth, vaccine passport is seen as a menace breaking their denial and compelling them to accept it for free movement.

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