New Delhi. About 50 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Nigeria and Panama, have shown interest in having a Co-WIN like system to run their vaccination drive, and Bharat is ready to share the open-source software free of cost.
Chairman of the empowered group for Covid-19 vaccine administration, Dr. R S Sharma, said Prime Minister has directed officials to create an open-source version of the platform and give it free of cost to any country that wants it.
Vaccinating 1.3 billion people is not a “trivial task”, and added that the development of Co-Win like platform shows India has the capability to develop such great scalable digital systems.
“The Co-Win platform has become so popular that as many as 50 countries from central Asia, Latin America, Africa all showed interest in having a Co-win like system,” Sharma said at the second Public Health Summit 2021 on ‘Emerging Imperatives in Strengthening Public Health for India’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry.
According to New Indian Express report he also said a virtual global conclave of health and technology experts from across the world will be held on July 5 where India will share how this system works.
We are telling the world how this system can work and how we are ready to share an open-source software with any country free of cost. There have been huge interests starting from Canada, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Uganda.”
According to media reports other countries such as Vietnam, Iraq, Dominican Republic, the United Arab Emirates have also expressed interest in knowing about the Co-Win platform for implementing it in their own countries to run their own Covid programmes.
In five months, Co-Win has grown to handling 30 crore plus registrations and vaccinations.
“It is a citizen-centric platform and provides a single source of truth till the district level. From the beginning, it was ensured that the platform can be easily used to schedule, reschedule and cancel appointments,” he said.
“People talked of digital divide in getting vaccine but from the beginning itself we ensured that it is very easy to get on the platform and schedule, reschedule or cancel an appointment and at the same time if that is not possible then you can call a centre and get it done and go to common service centres to get an appointment,” he said.
“Most importantly you can go without any appointment to vaccination centre and get vaccinated. In fact, 80 per cent of our people have gone to the centre without any appointment,” he added.
“One of the silver linings of the Corona period is that we are at ease with digital consultation. The most important outcome of this is going to be generation of data for researchers and academic.”
India has created digital artefacts such as Aadhar that will enable the delivery of services digitally, he said.
“Under Ayushman Bharat, if a person wants to get an X-ray done and hospital does not have an X-ray facility, the hospital can issue a digital voucher which goes to the X-Ray diagnostic centre then the QR code is scanned and money is received and X-ray is performed. This voucher will be a game-changer,” he added.