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Asian startups jump into developing vaccine passports

While governments dither, companies in Indonesia and Japan get to work

ANA trials a digital health passport at Haneda international airport in Tokyo in March. Asian startups are developing digital health IDs, including vaccine passports. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO/JAKARTA -- Now that COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out around the world and testing is becoming customary for international travel, Asian startups are looking to leverage their tech prowess to develop digital health IDs, including vaccine passports.

While the passports are still being debated by governments, some companies are taking the lead in advance of slow-footed politicians.

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