COVID Vaccine Certificates

Digital certificates for the COVID-19 vaccine—“vaccine passports” or “digital yellow cards”—are a hot topic as governments try to chart a course back to normal. What can we learn from countries that have begun to implement vaccine certificates, and from the lessons of digital ID rollouts?

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How Far Have Southeast Asian Countries Come with Digitizing Vaccination Certificates?
October 07, 2021
In May, we examined the possibility of Southeast Asian countries working together to create a regional COVID-19 Vaccination Certification (CVC) system. How far have Southeast Asian countries come in their CVC efforts? What form can certificates take and how can their authenticity be verified, given ...
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Vaccine Certificates: Pam Dixon and Camilla Ravnbøl on the CGD Podcast
June 15, 2021
Anit Mukherjee of CGD, Pam Dixon of World Privacy Forum, and Camilla Ravnbøl of the University of Copenhagen discuss how vaccine certificates work, what challenges they pose, and how to make sure no one gets left behind.
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A Matter of Trust and Coordination: A COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for Southeast Asia?
May 13, 2021
As governments worldwide increase their COVID-19 vaccination coverage, COVID-19 vaccination certificates (CVCs) are making headlines as a possible answer to the question of how to reopen economies safely. While countries like Israel and Estonia are well advanced in introducing CVCs, developing count...
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A Framework to Assess the Impact of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates
April 21, 2021
Since the start of 2021, the pandemic has taken a more hopeful turn with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. As such, an increasing number of public and private sectors in many settings are considering the introduction of COVID-19 vaccination certificates or similar instruments as a safe passage into ...
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COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate: Will the US Catch Up with the Rest of the World?
April 05, 2021
As economies start opening up, the COVID Vaccine Certificate is increasingly becoming a ticket to return to normality, lifting restrictions on work, travel and leisure. Because of the formidable constraints, any US path to a CVC should start with a light touch.
A COVID Vaccine Certificate: Building on Lessons from Digital ID for the Digital Yellow Card
February 11, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination efforts are well and truly underway across the world. In addition to those in Europe and North America, vaccination campaigns are gathering pace across China, India, Russia, and the Middle East, though lagging in many other, mostly poor, countries. As more start scaling up their...
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Certificate of COVID Vaccination: Can We Do Better than the Yellow Card?
November 25, 2020
Can technology help? At the most basic level, a COVID ID would be a digitized version of the Yellow Card, the paper-based International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis that many international travelers carry with them traveling to and from high-risk areas of the world.