The Pentagon developed a microchip reportedly capable of detecting COVID-19 under the skin. The research was conducted by agency researchers. This was revealed by Dr. Matt Hepburn, an infectious disease physician, and retired Army colonel, in an interview with 60 Minutes.
The specialist detailed that the chip is not yet used outside the Department of Defense and explained that it could detect COVID-19 in an individual long before a patient zero generates an outbreak. However, he maintained that it has nothing to do with citizen screening.
““It’s not some dreaded government microchip to track your every move, but a tissue-like gel engineered to continuously test your blood,” Hepburn said.
Development of the microchip that detects COVID-19
The project was carried out by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. According to the New York Post, the top-secret unit was launched during the Cold War to study emerging technologies for military use, including innovations to defend soldiers from biological weapons.
“We challenge the research community to come up with solutions that may sound like science fiction. And we’re very willing to take chances with high-risk investments that may not work. But if they do, we can completely transform the landscape,” the medical specialist said.
This would not be the first measure to address COVID-19. In addition to the vaccination campaign being carried out in the United States, which already vaccinates more than 4.5 million Americans every day, drugs to cure the disease continue to be developed.
Similarly, the use of a vaccination passport has been promoted. Although the measure is not supported by the entire American society, it is something that would be in development.
Last week, the White House reported that there would indeed be a document certifying vaccination, but that it would not be mandatory in all states. “There will be no federal mandate for vaccine passports,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.