Tattooing with Microneedles to Show Vaccination History

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Imagine being able to give a doctor your vaccination history without you having to remember it. No matter where you go, a doctor could access that information to determine…what? And who else can access that information…? Could you be restricted from going anywhere if you don’t have that tattoo? The concept might have been postponed for years, until the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s possible someday that this ‘invisible’ approach could create new possibilities for data storage, biosensing, and vaccine applications that could improve how medical care is provided, particularly in the developing world,” MIT professor and senior author Robert Langer 

The Gates Foundation funded research into microneedles for a tracking system that could be implanted on the skin. Painless, easy tracking. Whoever has the “tattoo” would be shown to be vaccinated.

“Microneedles are embedded in a Band-Aid-like device that is placed on the skin; a skilled nurse or technician is not required. Vaccines delivered with microneedles also may not need to be refrigerated, reducing both the cost and difficulty of delivery.” Scientific American


When people got a vaccine for smallpox way back when, it left a small round scar on your upper arm. In an effort get rid of the scar, researchers developed microneedles that inject an ink that is invisible to the naked eye.

A close-up microscope image of the microneedle array, which could deliver quantum dots into skin. Credit: K.J. McHugh et al. Science Translational Medicine (2019) VIA Scientific American

They are called quantum dots, and they are made up of invisible ink (or dye) that is used to label cells during research.

The quantum dots after being administered in the skin of rodents. Credit: K.J. McHugh et al. Science Translational Medicine (2019)

Scientific American wrote,

The team ended up using a technology called quantum dots, tiny semiconducting crystals that reflect light and were originally developed to label cells during research. The dye has been shown to be safe in humans.

The approach raises some privacy concerns, says Prausnitz, who helped invent microneedle technology and directs Georgia Tech’s Center for Drug Design, Development and Delivery. “There may be other concerns that patients have about being ‘tattooed,’ carrying around personal medical information on their bodies or other aspects of this unfamiliar approach to storing medical records,” he says. “Different people and different cultures will probably feel differently about having an invisible medical tattoo.”…

…The work was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and came about because of a direct request from Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates himself, who has been supporting efforts to wipe out diseases such as polio and measles across the world, Jaklenec says. “If we don’t have good data, it’s really difficult to eradicate disease,” she says.

The researchers hope to add more detailed information to the dots, such as the date of vaccination. Along with them, the team eventually wants to inject sensors that could also potentially be used to track aspects of health such as insulin levels in diabetics, Jaklenec says.

This approach is likely to be one of many trying to solve the problem of storing individuals’ medical information, says Ruchit Nagar, a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, who also was not involved in the new study. He runs a company, called Khushi Baby, that is also trying to create a system for tracking such information, including vaccination history, in the developing world.

Enter, Bill Gates and his ‘Digital Certificates’ for COVID-19 vaccination.

“Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it.” Bill Gates (GatesNotes from Reddit)

The digital certificates could conceivably be the quantum dots method. But is it for “gathering data” on the disease or something else? The Gates Foundation is well known for research into vaccines. On the surface, for most people, it sounds wonderful for a “philanthropist” to take an interest in helping countries stop menaces like Ebola, etc.  Mr Gates is also a “climate change” adherent, and concerned about population growth. This pandemic is tailor-made for his agenda, which may or may not be altruistic.

According to BigLeaguePolitics, Attorney General Barr expressed concern over Gate’s plan to mark people with medical information.

“Attorney General Bill Barr is skeptical of Gates’ idea to tag people with these mark-of-the-beast implants. He said he is concerned about “the tracking of people and so forth, generally, especially going forward over a long period of time.” Barr also said that he is “very concerned about the slippery slope in terms of continuing encroachments on personal liberty.”

However, Barr said he did feel like “appropriate, reasonable steps are fine.” This leaves the door open for some sort of government action in order to enforce vaccine compliance.”

At this point in time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19. Several are being tested, and it remains to be seen whether any of them will actually prevent the disease. Could a Coronavirus vaccine be the vehicle for something far worse than the disease itself? Judging from the power-hungry actions of governors across the country, and the vicious responses of people to those who refuse to follow the stay-at-home guidelines, forcing people to take the “tattoo or else” could usher in a new era of Big Brother. Or spark a civil war.

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  • Norma Ingle

    BAD IDEA‼️

  • BarryOddessy

    Here in backward Oz, we have a vaccination register that we and our Health Care Providers can access and update; shame on us.- Oz/Australia/’Strayaa

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