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PM Modi: CoWIN to be open source, for use by all nations

Addressing the CoWIN Global Conclave via video-conferencing on Monday, Prime Minister Modi offered the vaccination tracking platform as a digital “public good” to other countries.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: July 6, 2021 1:34:13 am
Narendra Modi newsPrime Minister Narendra Modi. (File)

Emphasising that each dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is precious and that governments are “concerned about making sure that each dose is tracked and wastage is minimised”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said an “end-to-end” digital approach in vaccination is essential to address these concerns and said India’s CoWIN platform would be made available to other countries soon.

Addressing the CoWIN Global Conclave via video-conferencing on Monday, Prime Minister Modi offered the vaccination tracking platform as a digital “public good” to other countries.

“Vaccination is the best hope for humanity to emerge successfully from the pandemic. And right from the beginning, we in India decided to adopt a completely digital approach while planning our vaccination strategy. In today’s globalised world, if the post-pandemic world has to return to normalcy, such a digital approach is essential. After all, people must be able to prove that they have been vaccinated,” Modi said.

Modi said the CoWIN app was designed to be open source and that the digital platform is a “readily available package for developers”.

“People also must have a record of when and where and by whom they have been vaccinated. Given how precious each dose of the vaccines is, Governments are also concerned about making sure that each dose is tracked and wastage is minimised. All of this is not possible without an end-to-end digital approach,” Modi said.

Modi said the platform “can be customised to any country as per their local requirements”.

“Indian civilization considers the whole world as one family. This pandemic has made many people realize the fundamental truth of this philosophy. That’s why, our technology platform for Covid vaccination — the platform we call CoWin — is being prepared to be made open source. Soon, it will be available to any and all countries. Today’s conclave is the first step to introduce this platform to all of you,” Modi said.

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