With the possibility of third-wave becoming more and more evident, the government is expected to keep a full-proof plan ready. The authorities globally are likely to build collaborations to fight any resurgence of the pandemic. The National Health Authority (NHA) has announced to help in the global rollout of the CoWin platform. The government body will collaborate with private players to take this mission forward.
According to a government official, Tata Consultancy Services, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure and Trigyn Technologies have expressed interest in rolling out India’s vaccination platform CoWin in other countries. These six firms have met the technical criteria, according to NHA.
The CoWin platform has been open-sourced by the government. It will provide certification to the companies for the rollout, said RS Sharma, chief executive, NHA, according to a report in the Economic Times.
Earlier, the government organized a global conclave where foreign countries had expressed interest in adapting CoWin to vaccinate their citizens. About 50 countries, including Canada and Mexico, are reportedly interested in the platform.
The private players will be given training in the technology and will be allowed to do customisation of the vaccine platform based on the country’s needs. They will be provided a thorough understanding of how the system operates so that they can help the interested countries in onboarding. The aim is to replicate the platform outside India.
In India around 480 million people have registered on CoWin so far and nearly 484.5 million doses have been administered through the platform.
The interested countries will be able to seamlessly adapt to CoWin as they will get an already functional software that can be quickly implemented.
CoWin platform helps in providing digital certificates required during international travel. It also helps in keeping track of vaccination doses in real-time and ensures wastage and duplication are avoided.
“Any digital system is better than manual,” Sharma added.
The government will provide training and certification free of cost to the companies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the CoWin platform would be made open source – available to every country – for health interventions across the world.
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