ICC and International SOS launch app to certify Covid-19 antibodies

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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has partnered with International SOS to launch a mobile app that will allow users to certify they have Covid-19 antibodies and help consumers, workers and businesses resume commercial activity.

The ICC AOKpass mobile app uses blockchain technology to enable individuals to store copies of medical certificates, for example evidence of having Covid-19 antibodies. This information can then be shared with an employer or other third party.

Medical and security firm International SOS is currently piloting the app with its Singapore-based employees, with a view to rapidly rolling out pilots for other businesses globally.

Development of ICC AOKpass comes as many governments and businesses explore how to allow immune and low-risk individuals to more safely re-enter the workforce.

The ICC and International SOS said users will maintain full control over their medical information, which is stored securely and privately only on their device.

“The response to Covid-19 must be grounded in the reality that lives and livelihoods are inextricably connected. Practical solutions are needed to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. We believe AOKpass will serve as a useful complement to government-led efforts to use leading-edge technology to enable a gradual reboot of the global economy while ensuring public health,” said John Denton, ICC secretary general.

Arnaud Vaissié, International SOS CEO and co-founder, said the tool is a “major breakthrough” and has “total respect” for data privacy.

“Using blockchain to secure reporting of the results of international standard-approved testing facilities has the capability to be a major facilitator in the return to work across many industries,” she added.