New Delhi: Emphasizing the principle of ‘one earth, one health’ to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Co-WIN global conclave on 5th July 2021. The conclave was addressed to countries and excellencies, who have shown interest in GOI’s initiative of managing the COVID vaccination drive via a digital platform. The conclave emphasized opportunity and techniques to adopt it.
The Co-win platform is developed by Indian officials to help citizens register for vaccination against Covid-19 via booking a slot and download vaccination certificates. Prime Minister himself flagged off the Co-win Global Conclave to make available the vaccine registration platform to all nations that seek it. This virtual address came at a time when India has administered more than 35 Crore doses of vaccines against COVID-19.
The conclave was attended by excellencies of 142 countries including Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Guyana, Antigua, Brazil, Barbuda, and Zambia. These countries have shown interest to adopt Co-win for digitalizing the Covid19 vaccination a drive of their respective countries.
Co-WIN recorded over 19 crore registrations in four months, and 35 crore registrations in just five months.
Last year, India made its Covid tracking and tracing app Aarogya Setu open source as soon as it was technically feasible for developers. According to the govt., currently, 20 crore users are still active on the app and have 50 crore registered users. The Aarogya Setu app was a readily available package for developers and had been tested in the real world during the last two major outbreaks in the Country.
The Co-win platform rounds up all procedures and steps in the vaccination process. Starting from validation of the supply of authentic vaccines and managing vaccination centers to registration and providing certificates of vaccination to the citizens, the whole chain of events is administered through the Co-win platform.
The platform is not only faced by citizens but also has modules to guide vaccination centers and administrators in physical operations and management.
Co-WIN is a short acronym for electronic vaccine intelligence network e-VIN, that is used to collect real-time data on the vaccination programs. It is a cloud-based data storing IT solutions for planning, implementing, monitoring, and also improving Covid19 vaccination in India through feedback.
The app recently added a feature for inoculators to report vaccine wastage. The issue of wastage gain ground during the second wave in April 2021.
Over the issue, Prime Minister Modi said, “we know how precious each dose of the vaccines is, The government of India is concerned about making sure that each dose is tracked and wastage is minimized. We cannot do this on paper, it is not possible without an end-to-end digital approach. People do not need to carry around fragile pieces of paper to prove anything.”
RS Sharma, CEO of Co-WIN announced, that the government is now planning to refresh the Co-WIN application by introducing Major changes including the linking of passport numbers with the vaccine certificates to travel internationally by year-end. The other changes will include, design overhaul, the introduction of a tab allowing editing details of the beneficiary, and enabling address change in the vaccination certificates.
for wider outreach and utilize Co-WIN potential. Consumer-facing apps such as Pay TM, G pay, Reliance, Jubilant Food works, Go-Ibibo, 1MG, Max Hospital, Fortis, Apollo hospitals have come on board. The government intends to Breakthrough a wider outreach for India’s vaccination campaign as a whole.
In the Country’s path to becoming a technology-active country, the Co-WIN has become one the biggest program under Digital India Initiative. another such initiative is UPI (United Payment Interface) launched back in 2016. The highest ever payment via UPI was recorded in payment when 1900 crore transactions were used to happen on daily basis.
By making the Co-WIN platform available to the world, India is also trying to take a stand that will be unique to the world, according to experts, "With Co-WIN, India has created a model that addresses diversity and its uniqueness, it is informative and provides an ecosystem, that is friendly and allows for more innovation.”
The government has set an ambitious target to vaccinate the entire adult population by year-end, for which it will need to administer about 188 crore doses. Only six months are left, it is now at the 36 crore mark.
The Supreme Court of India recently lashed at Govt. citing that Co-WIN is creating a digital divide in vaccine access. even the digitally literate are finding it harsh to get slots on the platform.
“Our vaccination policy is exclusively relying on a digital portal for vaccinating a considerable portion of the population of this country between the age group 18-44. It is not sufficient to meet its target of universal immunization and marks set by WHO for herd immunity.” Justice Chandrachud said.
Between January 16 and June 21, on an average of 20 lakh, people were vaccinated per day. After the center took charge, the average ramped up to 40 lakh doses per day. But, to reach the desired target, this number has to go up by 70-80 lakh does daily. Meanwhile, vaccine shortages, delivery delays, and booking slots through Co-WIN have turned into a hectic job.
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