TrustNet Pakistan, has initiated an open source COVID-19 initiative named as Vaccify to use a blockchain based digital trust ecosystem to solve some major issues that are being faced in Pakistan presently and problems that are to arise in the ‘post-COVID’ world.
TrustNet Pakistan is a part of the global initiative “COVID Credentials Initiative” which primarily focuses on tackling the pandemic challenges using blockchain based digital credentials solutions; More than 80 plus organizations globally are already a part of this initiative.
“Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it” states Bill Gates.
The statement inspired Omer Shafiq, founder of Vaccify, to start the initiative for the vaccine passportization or certificates. In a post COVID-19 era, where a vaccine has been developed, there will be a need to ensure the vaccination status of each individual.
The companies and institutions will need to be aware of which employees are safe to visit the office; Hospitals will require an authentic way to know which medical staff or visitors are safe to let in.
Similarly, the airports will need to know which individuals are cleared for domestic or international travel. In short, there will be a great need to know the vaccination status of the individuals to resume the ‘normal’ life after a vaccine has been developed.
Thereby, Vaccify aims to issue digital certificates that let individuals prove that they have received the vaccination. Through an instant scan of a QR code, the individual can prove if he or she has been vaccinated. The digital certificates will maintain the privacy of the individual whilst providing a solid cryptographic proof that the credentials belong to the respective individual.
How it works
The overall ecosystem has three key role players: Issuer, Holder, and Verifier. The “Issuer” refers to an accredited institution that provides COVID-19 immunity certificates, the “Holder” being the individual who will receive the digital vaccine certificate, and lastly, the “Verifier” which is an institution e.g airport, verifying the authenticity of the digital certificate issued to the “Holder”.
Initially, the user downloads the Vaccify app and signs up without providing any personal information. The respective user may walk into any accredited health institute and after being vaccinated, the pharmacist will issue a credential to the vaccinated person which he or she can obtain by scanning a simple QR code by the Vaccify app.
The hashed credential will be then safely stored on their personal wallet. In order to provide their vaccination status details, the users scan the QR code provided by the verifier and thereafter the verifier authenticates the information by cross-checking the CNIC number or Passport number of the respective individual.
Another notable aspect is that the digital credential issued by Vaccify would be completely genuine and it would be immensely difficult to spoof or counterfeit such digital credentials as compared to any plastic or paper credential. Furthermore, a digital credential issued in Pakistan can be authenticated and verified anywhere in the world.
Get involved in the COVID-19 initiative
These unprecedented times require us to join hands to tackle the pandemic. Since the initiative is open-source, anyone is welcome to be a part of the initiative and contribute with their expertise in developing a COVID-19 blockchain-based digital identity solution.
The COVID-19 initiative taken by TrustNet Pakistan is genuinely inspiring as it will be one of the first COVID-19 solutions developed by using blockchain technology and we sincerely hope it will contribute as a factor in curbing the dreadful pandemic.