In the memorandum, published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), blockchain specialists are mentioned in the list of critical infrastructure workers of the country.
Last week, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published the memorandum, which stressed special responsibility of employees of critical infrastructures to maintain a normal work plan in the context of the spread of coronavirus.
In the document, blockchain specialists, along with workers in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and food sectors, are named as employees of critical infrastructure sectors. Staying blockchain specialists in the list of CISA may indicate that DHS has recognized the potential of DLT usage in initiatives to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Not only the USA recognizes the importance of blockchain in conditions of pandemic. In China, blockchain has been deployed in over 20 applications that support government efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. They include apps, which specialize in management and tracking of medical records and goods.
In Hong Kong, insurance companies see DLT as a way of streamlining paperwork related to medical applications, and a subsidiary of Chinese trading giant Alibaba Ant Financial has launched a blockchain platform to expedite the processing of applications.