Blockchain Tech Helping Singapore Pharma Firm Prevent Administration of Expired COVID-19 Vaccines

eZTracker mobile app leverages blockchain technology to verify if the COVID-19 vaccine is authorised to be distributed.

Blockchain Tech Helping Singapore Pharma Firm Prevent Administration of Expired COVID-19 Vaccines

Photo Credit: eZTracker

Zuellig Pharma claims to be one of Asia’s biggest players in the sector

Highlights
  • eZTracker prevents distribution of expired COVID-19 jabs
  • It’s a mobile app built on blockchain tech
  • Malaysian government also using blockchain against vaccine frauds

Zuellig Pharma, a Singapore-based pharmaceutical company, has developed a blockchain-based solution to monitor proper COVID-19 vaccinations. The company has developed ‘eZTracker', a management system to save its clients from administering improperly stored or expired vaccines. This system is capable of verifying the provenance and authenticity of their vaccines via a phone app. This system is made for vaccine distributors and storage service providers who are the clients of Zuellig Pharma. Presently, the vaccination drive against COVID-19 is Singapore is still underway.

The vaccine authenticity tracker uses SAP blockchain

to improve the overall supply chain by capturing, tracking, and tracing multiple data points. SAP blockchain enables end-to-end tracking and reporting of multiple business processes and objects.

“The eZTracker is a mobile app that leverages blockchain technology to determine if your product is authorised to be distributed in your location. Simply scan the QR code on the packaging to instantly verify if your product comes from an authorised distributor,” the official website of eZTracker said.

Once the QR code is scanned, the app authenticates every scan against this information on blockchain, covering the entire supply chain including the supplier, manufacturer, distributor, and heathcare provider.

If in case the app fails to fetch data around the scanned QR, it presents a form to be filled, the data from which is shared with the manufacturer for a follow up.

The government of Malaysia has also been harnessing the capabilities of blockchain tech to prevent frauds around COVID-19 vaccination certifications.

Developed under the COVID-19 National Immunisation Programme using blockchain technology, Malaysia's MySejahtera system makes it impossible for vaccination certificates to be copied or duplicated.

Blockchain tech, that also supports the crypto sector, is a type of shared database that distributes and stores data in a digital format among the nodes of a computer network. It is a decentralised network, indestructible, and unalterable in nature.


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Radhika Parashar
Radhika Parashar is a senior correspondent for Gadgets 360. She has been reporting on tech and telecom for the last three years now and will be focussing on writing about all things crypto. Besides this, she is a major sitcom nerd and often replies in Chandler Bing and Michael Scott references. For tips or queries you could reach out to her at RadhikaP@ndtv.com. More
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