The Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the CoWin Global Conclave as India offered CoWIN platform as a digital public good to the world to combat Covid-19.
Emphasising the importance of technology in the fight against pandemic, Modi said that software is one area in which there are no resource constraints. That is why India made its Covid tracking and tracing app open source as soon as it was technically feasible. He pointed out that with nearly 200 million (20 crores) users, the Aarogya Setu app is a readily available package for developers. Having been used in India, the Prime Minister told the global audience, “you can be sure that it has been tested in the real world for speed and scale”.
The Prime Minister 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 globalised 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 minimises wastage.