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Dutch blockchain-based platforms to fight Covid-19

The World Health Organisation also launching a distributed ledger technology-based platform for sharing data about the coronavirus pandemic using blockchain

A group of Dutch companies have launched a “Tech against Corona” initiative to provide the country's government and hospitals with access to innovative technologies combating coronavirus.

Tymlez, the Netherlands-based distributed ledger technology (DLT) firm, has offered its blockchain platform to “model the medical goods ecosystem through a platform that matches supply and demand”.

The firm's blockchain will be used to ensure transparency across the supply chain, preventing predatory value extraction, such as price gouging, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Other businesses participating in the initiative include cybersecurity company Cybersprint, which is providing security services to several hospitals; information security firm Taxion, which is administrating online systems to organise volunteer workers; and IT company Compumatica, which will help improve the internet connections of home workers operating in critical service industries.

Bitcoin is also being used in the Netherlands to fight the virus, with the Dutch Red Cross accepting Bitcoin donations through its website.

Similarly, SF Express, the second-largest courier services provider in China, is exploring the use of blockchain to transport critical supplies during the pandemic. Blockchain is said to be proving beneficial for tracking the provenance and checking the quality of medical goods.

At the same time, the World Health Organisation is launching a DLT-based platform for sharing data about the coronavirus pandemic in partnership with technology company IBM, computer firm Oracle, enterprise blockchain platform Hacera and IT corporation Microsoft.

The platform, MiPasa, is built on top of Hyperledger Fabric and seeks to evolve as a range of data analytics tools are added. This would be followed by testing data to help with the detection of Covid-19 carriers and infection hotspots.

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