At the CoWin Global Conclave, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a global audience that since CoWin had been used in India, one can be sure that the platform has been tested in the real world for speed and scale
India’s covid-19 vaccination platform, CoWin, will be made open-source, and its technology shared with all countries seeking to use it to combat the deadly pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
“Despite all our constraints, we have tried to share as much as possible with the world. And we remain eager to learn from global practices. Technology is integral to our fight against covid. Luckily, software is one area in which there are no resource constraints," Modi said.
He was addressing the CoWin Global Conclave, a virtual meeting of health and technology experts from 142 countries. Underlining India’s commitment to share experiences, expertise and resources with the global community, the Prime Minister also expressed the government’s eagerness to learn from global best practices.
“That’s why India made its covid tracking and tracing app open source as soon as it was technically feasible. With nearly 200 million users, the ‘Aarogya Setu’ app is a readily available package for developers," he said.
Modi assured the countries that the platform was used extensively in India for its nationwide vaccination programme and tested in the real world for speed and scale. Given the importance of vaccination, India decided to take a completely digital approach, he said.
“Through CoWin, India has administered 350 million doses of covid vaccines, including 9 million people in one day, a few days ago. Furthermore, vaccinated people do not need to carry around fragile pieces of paper to prove anything," said Modi, adding that information on India’s vaccination programme, including an individual’s vaccination status, is currently available in digital format.
Modi said the use of CoWin will expedite the return to normalcy in the post-pandemic globalized world. “Digital approach also helps in tracking the usage of vaccination and minimizes wastage," he said.
More than 50 countries across Central Asia, Latin America, and Africa have shown interest in the CoWin platform, R.S. Sharma, chairman of the empowered group on technology and data management to combat covid-19 and chief executive of the National Health Authority, said earlier.
Speaking at the conclave, Dr Harsh Vardhan, India’s health and family welfare minister, said the government aims to inoculate the entire adult population by December.
“What we have developed is a robust, inclusive and scalable system that can prevent rent-seeking, black marketing and other malpractices. The CoWin platform can be scaled-up as per requirements," Vardhan said.
He said in a country of more than 1.3 billion people, CoWin ensured the mammoth challenge of ensuring fair and equitable distribution of vaccines as well as their last-mile delivery, removing information asymmetry and aligning stakeholders.
Sharma, who also spoke at the conclave, said CoWin has already become the fastest-growing technology platform globally, with more than 365 million registered users via a network of 138,427 covid-19 vaccination centres.
“It has enabled a transparent system to monitor each dose of vaccine supplied to vaccination facilities and recording the fulfilment of demand at the grassroots level. CoWin being a dynamic platform, can accommodate any modifications," Sharma said.
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