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CoWIN goes global: India makes tech open source, 142 nations show interest

India is making its digital platform for Covid19 vaccination drive, CoWIN, open source for all countries to access, adapt and use. This is perhaps the first time that any country is making a software platform developed by its public sector open for the world.

Speaking at the CoWin Global Conclave on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Soon, CoWIN will be available to any and all countries.” The software can be customised to any country according to local requirements.

India has administered over 350 million doses of vaccine through this platform so far.

Highlighting the importance of technology in fight against the pandemic, Modi said India had made its Covid tracking and tracing app Aarogya Setu open source as soon as it was technically feasible. He pointed out that with nearly 200 million users, the Aarogya Setu app was a readily available package for developers, and had been tested in the real world for speed scale. “This pandemic has made many people realize the fundamental truth of this philosophy…. That's why CoWin is being prepared to be made open source.’’

The conclave was attended by representatives of 142 countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Guyana, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis and Zambia amongst others. These countries are keen to adopt CoWin for digitizing their Covid19 vaccination drive.


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