The platform will be based on KSI Blockchain, an EU-EIDAS certified trust service and X-ROAD, Estonia's data sharing platform, and will test the following functions:
Proof of vaccination: similar to the International Certificate of Vaccination or “yellow card”, a secure COVID-19 vaccination certificate will play a critical role as economies reopen and international travel resumes.
Priority management eligibility: Establish a governance mechanism for prioritized populations. It will be important for member states to assure a fair and accountable process in this context.
Monitor uptake among target population: subnational, national, and global monitoring of vaccine uptake will be essential to manage the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination and reduce COVID-19 transmission.
Guardtime has a strong track record in building certification solutions for governments. SICPA, a global leader in government security solutions, and Guardtime have built CERTUS ™ a certification solution for COVID-19 testing, deployed in production around the world including international sports leagues, sports teams, testing consortia and travel authorities to validate certification results of COVID-19. The product is decentralized (i.e. without the need for a centralized authority), works online and offline with a single click for verification and leverages KSI Blockchain for immutability, providing independent proof of the correctness of certificates.
Ain Aaviksoo, Chief Medical Officer, Guardtime Health:
“We are very proud to be able to support the WHO in their quest for a scalable global digital infrastructure for vaccination certification . This represents a significant opportunity to show how Guardtime's KSI Blockchain technology can scale to billions of people around the world.. What we offer to the WHO and participating member states is speed: The product is built and proven in production and the infrastructure for the global infrastructure can be deployed in a matter of weeks.”
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO
"The memorandum we signed today establishes a valuable cooperation framework for digital health and innovation. We are excited to work with Estonia and other stakeholders to develop digital tools that can help to deliver high-quality, people-centered, and evidence-informed care."
Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia:
“The pandemic has shown the world that in crisis we need to have global anchor of trust like WHO has been playing. A safe and trustworthy place where member states can seek guidance if needed. World Health Organization can play a huge role in the global digital health governance. Our pilot project presents an extraordinary opportunity for the Estonian community to help the world in the fight against COVID-19 and to make our experience of building digital services global."Pictures: Stenbock House, Tallinn, Estonia