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Cuomo Announces IBM Blockchain Vaccine Passport Scheme for Sporting Events, Theatres

Embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his state would be installing a digital vaccine passport requirement to attend sporting venues, movie theaters, and some businesses in a March 2 press release posted on his website. 

Cuomo’s administration intends to implement the Excelsior Pass app, created in partnership with IBM. “We are putting guidelines in place to ensure individuals attending events involving larger gatherings have tested negative for COVID or have been vaccinated to avoid an outbreak of the virus,” says the Governor, who claims Excelsior Pass will allow his state “to fast-track the reopening of these businesses and getting us one step closer to reaching a new normal.”

Screenshot of the Excelsior Pass vaccine passport application. New Yorkers will begin to be required to scan a QR code linking their identification to their COVID-19 PCR test and vaccination status, just like in Mainland China.
Screenshot of the Excelsior Pass vaccine passport application. New Yorkers will begin to be required to scan a QR code linking their identification to their COVID-19 PCR test and vaccination status, just like in Mainland China. (Source: Governor of New York Website)

The app was tested in the recent Feb. 27 New York Nets NBA game at Barclays Center, and again during a March 2 New York Rangers NHL game. 

In mid February, Cuomo announced venues with capacity greater than 10,000 would be allowed to re-open to in-person fans with a 10 percent capacity limit, so long as attendees could produce a negative PCR test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes the disease dubbed “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (COVID-19) by the pro-Communist China World Health Organization (WHO). 

According to ZDNet, Excelsior Pass is a blockchain based solution developed by IBM using a proprietary blockchain implementation. What it means for end users is they will have to install the app on their phone, verify their identity, connect their ID to their PCR test results or proof of vaccination, and then scan their digital credentials before being able to enter venues. 

Client Relation Management information database leader Salesforce said it would be integrating the IBM platform into its work.com re-opening tool in December. 

Vaccine passport roll out going viral

The vaccine passport initiative, once decried as a conspiracy theory, has since gained global traction and is rapidly expanding in different incarnations throughout the world.

In January, France announced under the banner of contact tracing it would begin requiring its citizens to scan QR codes on government developed apps when entering any public-facing business. Similarly in America, the Vaccine Credential Initiative, a consortium of American behemoths such as Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, and Mayo Clinic, announced the SMART Health Cards framework to be rolled out with The Commons Project. 

The Commons Project and the globalist movement World Economic Forum announced in November of 2020 the Airport Council International would join the CommonTrust Network, which is part of The Commons Project and the Vaccine Credential Initiative, leading to JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic being a part of the vaccine passport move. 

On March 1, President of the European Union Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced on Twitter the EU would be installing a Digital Green Pass system and said “The Digital Green Pass should facilitate Europeans‘ lives.”

Communist Chinese precedent

In April of 2020, shortly after the pandemic became part of daily life for people all around the world and fear was running high, CNN published an article about the situation in Communist China, titled “China is Fighting the Coronavirus With a Digital QR Code. Here’s How it Works,” which opened with an apt warning, “Imagine your daily routine being entirely dependent on a smart phone app. Leaving your home, taking the subway, going to work, entering cafes, restaurants and shopping malls — each move, dictated by the color shown on your screen. Green: you’re free to proceed. Amber or Red: you’re barred from entry.”

“This has been the reality for hundreds of millions of people in China since midway through the coronavirus crisis — and it could yet stay that way for the foreseeable future, as the country battles to recover from it,” says the article. 

The author adds the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) used the app to “control people’s movements and curb the spread of the coronavirus,” and “in many cities, citizens without the app wouldn’t be able to leave their residential compounds or enter most public places.”

“Three months on, with the virus largely contained and lockdown measures gradually lifted across most of China, the small square barcodes have remained in place and are still ruling people’s lives.”

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  • Neil lives in Canada and writes about society and politics.

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