Digital vaccination certificate in Germany – is IOTA on board?

In the EU and Germany, preparations for digital vaccination certificates are in full swing against the backdrop of the Corona pandemic. Berlin has opted for a solution that probably also involves IOTA.

The Corona pandemic is still influencing public life worldwide, and lockdowns have become the new normal. But since it has become possible to vaccinate against Corona, hopes for a return to the old normality are also awakening. One component of this is to be digital proof of vaccination, which could, for example, facilitate travel and participation in public events. The EU is aiming for a unified solution, and the Ministry of Health in Berlin has chosen German startup Ubirch in tandem with IBM as its service provider, according to Spiegel. Ubirch is bringing blockchain technology to the healthcare system and plans to apply it to the digital vaccination certificate. In a trial run with Corona test certificates at German airports, Ubirch had data stored in IOTA’s Tanglenet, among other places.

Thus the IOTA community puzzles for instance with Reddit, how it will be now with the vaccination passports of Ubirch. Does that mean that up to 80 million Germans will hear about IOTA? Can IOTA pass such an endurance test and gain renown from it? The question remains open for the time being, because there is no official answer from the IOTA Foundation in Berlin so far. All that is known about Ubirch is that five blockchains will be used, and only Govdigital is mentioned by name. An IOTA address assigned to Ubirch is only used sporadically, but this does not rule out the possibility that other addresses are also available here.

Corona as a test for IOTA?

Anyone who knows anything about the IOTA Foundation knows that if there is a success story about the use of Tanglenet for digital Corona proofs of vaccination, the IOTA Foundation will certainly exploit this for publicity. Investors will then also hope for positive impulses for the price curve of IOTA. However, there are currently no reliable facts for such scenarios.

One reason for this could be that IOTA still wants to complete its major update Chrysalis in March and thus make the switch to an IOTA 1.5. The switch is technologically challenging and the stability of IOTA 1.5 has yet to be proven. In the situation, it may be too early for Ubirch to fully embrace IOTA. But plus points such as freedom from fees and scalability otherwise make IOTA a good candidate for securing health data in a tamper-proof manner and allowing it to be read by authorized persons via QR codes, for example.

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