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Made in India CoWIN ready to go global

Congratulatory messages poured in for India on August 27 after it recorded a fresh milestone in daily vaccinations against COVID-19 — over 1 crore or 10 million jabs in a day — a number that is a multiple of the population of many countries.

RS Sharma, CEO of the National Health Authority, said India’s COVID-19 vaccine delivery tech platform CoWin has been designed to absorb even higher numbers and can make swift changes in line with the Government’s vaccination policy.

Sharma, who is chairperson of the empowered committee for CoWin, said every jab is recorded, even if people are not registered on CoWIN, and that concerted efforts are being made by various stakeholders to ensure people also get their second dose of the vaccine.

As the former chief of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the semi-government body tasked with rolling out the national identity project Aadhaar, Sharma believes the Made in India CoWin is now ready for the world.

The credit for this must go to everybody working in the field, from doctors to health workers, civil servants, State governments. It is collective strength that the country has demonstrated. The CoWIN platform has played an important role in that journey. It has enabled a systematic, transparent and orderly vaccination. If there was no such platform, it would have been very difficult for us to even measure and get data. We have provided a single source of truth for every stakeholder. We have built CoWIN as an extremely scalable platform — 10 million in 10 hours translates to 1 million an hour or 15,000 per minute. It is an extremely fast platform. There were no complaints or issues on how it works. The platform has been architected for population scale. Moneycontrol