The Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that the government was “more than glad” to share with the “global family” the path-breaking, next-gen digital platform ‘Co-WIN’ which has been indigenously developed in India and is powering the rapid progress of one of the world’s largest vaccination drives against Covid-19. He was addressing Global CoWIN Conclave that gathered 400 participants from 142 countries, 20 embassies and UN offices in India.
“India has always upheld its belief in the ancient philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ which means the entire world is one family. And this conclave is a shining example of the same,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said. “…Co-WIN is the crown jewel of our Digital India initiative. This platform shall go down in history for facilitating inoculation of a large percentage of the world’s population with ease, while simultaneously ensuring complete transparency. The accolades the platform has been winning globally and the interest expressed by so many partner nations in seeking our technology, expertise and know-how in this domain just reaffirms my belief,” he added.
Co-WIN, the Union Minister remarked is the “bedrock” of India’s vaccination drive that handles overall management of citizen registration, appointment scheduling, vaccinations and certification. The transparent system allows tracking of each dose of vaccine, monitoring of supplies at vaccination facilities to record the demand at a granular level. It has, in fact, enabled vaccine accessibility and inclusivity for all. “As we speak, India is inching closer to administering 360 million (36 crores) Covid-19 vaccine doses. A feat achieved in less than six months since the launch of our vaccination drive and we are committed to inoculating our entire adult population by December 2021.”
Dr Harsh Vardhan also added, “Our CoWIN platform is a mirror of the success of the Digital India program which has witnessed a consistent upward growth trajectory, achieving numerous milestones and dotted with flagship initiatives. We are also spearheading the National Digital Health Mission which will help to deliver many services digitally. The NDHM will house all kinds of databases which will have a facility for the patient to fetch his or her records, whenever required.”