Liquid Avatar Commends Ontario’s Vaccination Efforts and Updates the Liquid Avatar Verifiable Credentials Ecosystem to Support Digital COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Records
Toronto, Canada – July 19, 2021 –Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. (CSE: LQID / OTCQB:LQAVF / FRA:4T51) (“Liquid Avatar Technologies” or the “Company”), a global blockchain, digital identity, and fintech solutions company today acknowledges recent media reports on the status of the Ontario government’s decision-making process for issuing a digital COVID-19 vaccine credential. While several European nations have adopted the use of a vaccine ‘passport’, the Company respects the current position of the Premier of Ontario. The Company believes that a digital verifiable testing and vaccine credential would be used by businesses and the public to support the efforts of a safer re-opening and acceleration of the economy.
In commending the Ontario government’s overall vaccine efforts, the Company supports calls for the introduction, where applicable, of digital credentials – rather than paper proof or emails that could be possibly altered – that will support continuous COVID-19 testing and vaccination verification. Private sector solutions, like those from Liquid Avatar, are currently available, and in late-stage development. These solutions are being released, not to create a “split-society”, but to assist governments, public and private entities to continue to provide safer and more secure environments in which to travel, work, learn and conduct everyday activities.
“First and foremost, we want to acknowledge and applaud each level of government for their leadership in rolling out their respective COVID-19 vaccine programs. Ontario is now a leader in administering one-dose vaccines at almost 80% and two-dose vaccine treatments at over 60%, and this will undoubtedly be a principal factor in the efforts to support the economy returning to normal,” said David Lucatch, President, CEO and Chair of Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc.
In acknowledging the province’s vaccine rollout efforts, the company also echoed public statements made by business groups like the Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT), calling for government to explore a vaccine ‘passport’ system. TRBOT, which speaks for thousands of businesses in the province, has claimed that negative testing and vaccination passports are “the only way to safely reopen larger events like business conferences and will help revive tourism.”
“It is not surprising that these groups want to see government help ensure that the people who enter non-essential businesses are vaccinated against COVID-19 and are supported in many cases by negative testing validation. With new strains, like the Delta variant, it may be just as important to add testing regimes to the digital credentials outlook, as we’ve seen that those who are vaccinated, could also be infected. The issue is one of liability and safety, as European countries like France and other jurisdictions have acknowledged by making passports a part of everyday life,” said Lucatch.
In Quebec, the government has announced the implementation of a QR-code system for use as a vaccine passport. The Company believes that by enhancing this type of system with digital identity and verifiable credentials, the process could be more secure and safer in the long run and support other identity, access, and qualification credentials as provinces like Ontario and British Columbia rollout their digital initiatives.
Liquid Avatar has developed and has started testing its state-of-the-art digital identity tools and solutions. Included in these is the Liquid Avatar Verifiable Credentials Ecosystem (“LAVCE”) that can potentially easily, efficiently, and affordably meet the needs of government, the business community, and frontline healthcare institutions as they adapt to a potential environment where healthcare testing and vaccine passports are essential. The Liquid Avatar Mobile app leverages biometric and blockchain identification technology and is currently available to download from the Apple App Store and on Google Play with digital credentials and wallet testing underway.
The Company is expecting to make further announcements on product delivery in the coming weeks that are aligned with its initiatives as a founding and steering committee of Cardea, a Linux Foundation Public Health project and as part of the Indicio Network. The Company is also a voting and steering committee member of the Trust over IP Foundation, supporting open standards in the development of Internet-scale trust, a member of the Good Health Pass collaborative, ID2020, Lumedic Exchange and the DIACC. As previously described in Company filings, the LAVCE contemplates state-of-the-art infrastructure that would be available for the holder, the issuer, and the verifier in ‘turn-key’ digital credentials solutions and that would support the introduction of COVID-19 testing and vaccine ‘passports’, education, access, qualification, and a host of other digital credentials powered by blockchain and identity technology.
“With the types of solutions being developed in the marketplace, governments, institutions, businesses and consumers are becoming increasingly aware that delivering a safe and secure digital vaccine passport system is an effective solution to the challenge of a broad reopening of the economy,” concluded Lucatch. “We have been encouraged by our conversations with partners in Canada and abroad to date and look forward to having future interactions on augmenting government’s successful health testing and vaccine programs with a re-opening plan that incorporates systems that support initiatives like globally recognized digital passports and other verifiable credentials.”
As part of the process of inclusion, the LAVCE is being built to support approaches that will allow users that do not have access to digital identity technologies to be able to participate via alternative methodologies to prove their credentials.
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About Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. –www.liquidavatartechnologies.com
Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. focuses on the verification, management and monetization of Self Sovereign Identity, empowering users to control and benefit from the use of their online identity.
The Liquid Avatar Mobile App, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play is a verified Self Sovereign Identity platform that empowers users to create high quality digital icons representing their online personas. These icons allow users to manage and control their digital identity and Verifiable Access and Identity Credentials, and to use Liquid Avatars to share public and permission based private data when they want and with whom they want.
The Liquid Avatar Verifiable Credentials Ecosystem (LAVCE) is being built to support all participants in a digital credential ecosystem, including the Holder, Issuer and Verifier, using state-of-the-art blockchain and open standards technologies initially as a node on the Indicio Network. The Company is a voting and steering committee member of the Trust over IP Foundation, founding and steering committee member of Cardea, a Linux Foundation Public Health project, member of the Good Health Pass collaborative, ID2020, DIACC, The Linux Foundation and a founding member of the Lumedic Exchange.
The Company has a suite of early-stage revenue generating programs that support the Liquid Avatar Mobile App program, including KABN KASH, a cash back and reward program that has over 500 leading online merchants and coming soon, an integrated offering engine. In Canada, the Company also has the KABN Visa Card, a “challenger financial” platform that allows users to manage and control a range of financial services for traditional and digital currencies. The Company is currently exploring expansion of the KABN Visa Card program to other geographic regions, including the USA. The Company’s subsidiary, Oasis Digital Studios, is a creative and development agency that supports a wide range of artists, talent, and enterprises with Non-Fungible Token (NFT) solutions.
Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. is publicly listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) under the symbol “LQID” (CSE:LQID).
The Company also trades in the United States, on the OTCQB under the symbol “LQAVF” and in Frankfurt under the symbol “4T51”.
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