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Implanted microchip could be used to verify COVID-19 vax status

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (TND) — Microchip technology invented by Swedish startup company “Epicenter” is now being presented as a possible way to carry around a COVID-19 vaccine passport under a person’s skin, according to a viral video.

“Beep boop beep: Your vaccination record has been verified,” says the caption of the video posted to Twitter by South China Morning Post.

“Imagine showing your COVID-19 passport with just a flash of your arm,” the video says at its beginning, showing a person holding out their arm and scanning it with a mobile phone.

The video explains the microchip uses pre-existing technology the startup company was already developing to employ “near-field communication” (NFC) and send data to any compatible device. Smartphones are listed as an example of a possible data receiver.

“Implants are a very versatile technology that can be used for many different things,” says Epicenter’s Chief Disruption Officer Hannes Sjöblad in the video. “Right now it is very convenient to have a COVID passport always accessible on your implant.”

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