CoWIN platform to be made open source: PM Modi at CoWIN Global Conclave

PM Narendra Modi said at the CoWIN Global Conclave that the pandemic has made many people realise fundamental truth of this philosophy and this is why, our technology platform for COVID-19 vaccination, the CoWIN platform, is being prepared to be made open source. 

Created On: Jul 5, 2021 16:16 IST
PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his thoughts at the CoWIN Global Conclave on July 5, 2021 as India offers CoWIN as a digital public good to the world to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister has directed officials to create an open-source version of the CoWin platform and offer it to any country that wants it for free to run their own COVID-19 vaccination drive. 

Around 50 countries including Canada, Uganda, Mexico, Nigeria and Panama have shown interest in adopting CoWIN digital platform to run their vaccination drives, informed Dr. R S Sharma, the CEO of the National Health Authority (NHA).

PM Modi's address: Key Highlights 

• The Prime Minister stated that vaccination is the best hope for humanity to emerge successfully from the pandemic. 

• He emphasised that right from the beginning, India decided to adopt a completely digital approach while planning its vaccination strategy. 

• He stated that technology is integral in our fight against COVID-19 and luckily software is one area in which there are no resource constraints. 

• Hence, India made its Covid tracing and tracking App open source as soon as it was technically feasible.

• The Prime Minister emphasised that the Indian civilisation considers the whole world as one family. 

• He said that this pandemic has made many people realise fundamental truth of this philosophy and this is why, our technology platform for COVID-19 vaccination, the CoWIN platform, is being prepared to be made open source. 

• He confirmed that our CoWIN technplogy will soon be available in all countries. The software can be customised by the countries as per their local needs.

The Prime Minister also conveyed his sincere condolences for all the lives lost to the pandemic, in all countries. He said that there is no parallel to such a pandemic in 100 yrs and added that experience shows that no nation, however powerful that nation is, can solve a challenge like this in isolation.

CoWIN Global Conclave: Key Highlights 

• Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the virtual CoWIN Global Conclave. Besides the Prime Minister, others expected to speak at the event include Foreign Secretary H V Shringla, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and NHA CEO RS Sharma.

• The virtual meet saw participation from health and technology experts from countries across the globe. 

• The CoWIN Global Conclave is being held with the aim to share India's experience with regards to universal vaccination to fight COVID-19 through Co-WIN. 

• The virtual conclave is a joint initiative of the Union ministries of health and external affairs and the National Health Authority (NHA).

While inaugurating the conclave Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that they are excited to offer the Co-WIN platform as a technology tool that can be used for the greater public good globally.  He said that he hopes all the countries are able to gain value and benefit from their offering.

About CoWIN portal 

• India had launched the CoWIN portal as the central information technology (IT) system for strategising, implementing, monitoring and evaluating Covid vaccination.

• The portal was launched to enable the citizens to register themselves, locate their nearest vaccination centres and book their slots for COVID-19 vaccination.

• All the beneficiaries can also download their COVID-19 vaccination certificate from the CoWIN portal.

• Recently, many countries have expressed interest in using the platform, as per the NHA. 

 

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