India offers its Co-WIN platform as a digital public good to the world to combat COVID-19
New Delhi, July 5, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India’s COVID vaccination platform Co-WIN is being prepared to be made open source and it will soon be available to all countries to fight the pandemic.
Addressing the Co-WIN Global Conclave, the Prime Minister pointed out that there was no parallel to such a scourge in a hundred years and no nation, however powerful, could solve a challenge like this in isolation.
“The biggest lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic is that for humanity and the human cause, we have to work together and move ahead together. We have to learn from each other and guide each other about our best practices” he added.
Underlining India’s commitment to sharing experiences, expertise and resources with the global community, the Prime Minister also expressed India’s eagerness to learn from global practices.
Emphasizing the importance of technology in the fight against the pandemic, Modi said the software was one area without resource constraints. This was the reason why India made "Aarogya Setu" its COVID tracking and tracing App open source as soon as it was technically feasible.
“With nearly 200 million users, the 'Aarogya Setu' app is a readily available package for developers. Having been used in India, you can be sure that it has been tested in the real world for speed and scale,” he added.
Modi said that, given the importance of vaccination, India decided to adopt a completely digital approach while planning its vaccination strategy.
"This helps people in proving that they have been vaccinated, expediting the normalcy in the post-pandemic globalized world. A safe, secure and trustworthy proof helps people to establish when, where and by whom they have been vaccinated. The digital approach also helps in tracking the usage of vaccination and minimizes wastage," he said.
The Prime Minister said the conclave was the first step to introduce this platform to the global audience. Through Cowin, India has administered 350 million doses of COVID vaccines, including 9 million people in a single day. Those vaccinated do not need to carry around fragile pieces of paper to prove anything. It is all available in digital format.
He also highlighted the customizability to the software as per the local requirements of any of the interested countries.
Guided by the approach of "One Earth, One Health", humanity will certainly overcome this pandemic, he added.