India offers CoWIN platform as a digital public good to the world

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the CoWin Global Conclave as India offered the CoWIN platform as a digital public good to the world to combat COVID19

Jul 05, 2021
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the CoWin Global Conclave as India offered the CoWIN platform as a digital public good to the world to combat COVID19.

Modi said the conclave was the first step to introduce this platform to the global audience, saying that through CoWin India has administered 350 million doses of Covid vaccines, including 9 million people in one day, a few days ago.

Modi said there was no parallel to such a pandemic in hundred years and no nation, however powerful, can 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,” said Modi.

Underlining India’s commitment for sharing experiences, expertise and resources with the global community, Modi also expressed India’s eagerness to learn from global practices.

Emphasizing the importance of technology in the fight against pandemic, Modi said that software is one area in which there are no resource constraints.

That's why India made its Covid tracking and tracing App open source as soon as it was technically feasible, Modi said.

He pointed out that with nearly 200 million users, the Aarogya Setu app is a readily available package for developers. Having been used in India in a large country like India,  "you can be sure that it has been tested in the real world for speed and scale," Modi stated.

Furthermore, he said, vaccinated people do not need to carry around fragile pieces of paper to prove anything; it is all available in digital format.

Modi also highlighted the customizability to the software as per the local requirements of the interested countries and said guided by the approach of 'One Earth, One Health', humanity will certainly overcome this pandemic.(SAM)

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