Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa with the recently launched contact tracer app Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa with the recently launched contact tracer app

Samoa tracing app launched

Samoa’s Covid-19 contact tracing app, Samoa Travel Tracer, has been officially launched in Apia by Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa.

The platform is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Health and Samoa Tourism Authority and is a vital component of the Samoa Travel-Ready Toolkit.The toolkit also includes vaccination, tourism business operator training and maintenance, and sales and marketing initiatives.

Samoa Travel Tracer is based on the privacy-preserving BlueTrace protocol developed in Singapore, and it was developed locally in partnership with SkyEye and the Samoa Information Technology Association.

The app uses Bluetooth to trace close contact between users and data collected will be anonymous and encrypted and used solely by the Ministry of Health for contact tracing purposes to help keep Samoa safe. Samoa Travel Tracer is available on Google Play and App Stor

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