Feb 17, 2021

Apple revamps syringe emoji for Covid vaccines

Apple is changing its syringe emoji to remove the dripping blood, as it becomes widely used to talk about the Covid-19 vaccine. The site reports a surge in the use of the syringe emoji last year to talk about the Covid vaccine. The change comes as Apple also placed limitations on developers building "Vaccine passport" apps - ones that entitle the bearer access to somewhere based on a Covid test or vaccine. First, there is no officially recognised vaccine passport or certificate out there - and there is unlikely to be one until the government gives the go-ahead for any scheme to get access to NHS records. The Ada Lovelace Institute's report today warns against rushing out vaccine passports before there is clear evidence that a vaccinated person cannot pass on Covid-19 to someone else.

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