Tech savvy Americans use robots to get vaccines as new COVID-19 risk rises

As the vaccination rolls out in the U.S., states have launched websites for citizens to register for the jabs. Many have to rely on luck to find an empty spot on the waiting list.

But for the few people who mastered computer programming, things can be easier. Media found hundreds of computer scripts written to automatically check for vaccine availability on open-source code storage platform GitHub.

The high frequency of robots visiting vaccine websites may even bring the service down. Many local media have already reported on the high network pressure on the new vaccine registration service.

Technically, there are many handy tools to prevent robot programs from taking advantage, such as the “captcha” we come across on the internet every now and then.

But some vaccine registration websites don’t seem to be equipped with such tools, pushing internet users to download the script and join the technology competition.

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