India to make CoWIN open source, available to all countries; vaccination best hope for humanity: PM Modi
Noting that technology is integral to India's fight against Covid-19, Modi said luckily, software is one area in which there are no resource constraints.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the CoWIN Global Conclave on Monday and said that vaccination is the best hope for humanity to emerge successfully from the pandemic.
“The vaccination is the best hope for humanity to emerge successfully from the pandemic. And right from the beginning, we in India decided to adopt a completely digital approach while planning our vaccination strategy,” PM Modi said.
He also went on to add that right from the beginning, India decided to adopt a completely digital approach while planning the vaccination strategy.
India's technology platform for Covid vaccination, CoWin, is being made open source and soon it will be available to all countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, asserting that India has been committed to sharing its expertise and resources with the global community in combating the pandemic.
Addressing the CoWIN Global Conclave via video conference, Modi said experience shows that no nation, no matter how powerful, can solve a challenge like this pandemic in isolation.
"Right from the beginning of the pandemic, India has been committed to sharing all our experiences, expertise and resources with the global community in this battle," the Prime Minister said.
"Despite all our constraints, we have tried to share as much as possible with the world," he said.
"That's why, our technology platform for COVID vaccination - the platform we call CoWIN- is being prepared to be made open source so (that) it will be available in any and all countries," Mr Modi said.
About 50 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama and Uganda, have shown interest in adopting CoWIN to run their vaccination drives, Dr RS Sharma, the CEO of the National Health Authority (NHA), had said recently, adding that India is ready to share the open-source software for free.
During the conclave, he also conveyed his sincere condolences for all lives lost to pandemic in all countries. “There is no parallel to such a pandemic in 100 yrs. Experience shows that no nation, however powerful that nation is, can solve a challenge like this in isolation,” PM Modi said.
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