A peek behind the IT curtain of EU’s ‘vaccine passport’

 A peek behind the IT curtain of EU’s ‘vaccine passport’
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From video calls involving 130 people to no-shows at the general rehearsal, Josef Lieven and his team of software engineers faced their share of challenges on the road to Europe’s digital COVID certificate.

But some 10 weeks later, they are ready to launch the region’s first online “vaccine passport”, with the lofty aim of making summer travel easier for Europeans.

“There’s a feeling of relief, and also pride that we managed to do it,” said Lieven from T-Systems, who jointly led the IT project with fellow German firm SAP.

The European Commission tasked both companies with developing a digital certificate that says whether a person has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, has…

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