76 Countries Keen to Use India’s CoWIN Portal

The Indian government is looking to share the CoWIN portal as a licensed product to countries for free until perpetuity. The chairperson of the Empowered Committee concerning the COVID-19 vaccine administration, Dr R.S. Sharma, mentioned that there would be a few conditions applicable for sharing the software with the interested countries. The software will not be permitted to be utilised as a platform for commercial purposes or repackaged to be sold.

The Central Government has received interest from about 76 countries so far. On 5th July, the government will conduct a virtual global conclave for health and technology experts worldwide. This conclave aims at demonstrating the software’s capabilities.

From foreign countries, about 196 officials and 116 private individuals from 41 countries have registered to participate in the Global Conclave regarding CoWIN. In due course of time, the government is expected to have more information about which countries have formally displayed their interest in adopting the platform for vaccination-related needs in their respective countries.

CoWIN has become India’s fastest-growing tech platform across the world. It has completed 20 crore registrations in the initial four months since its launch. As of 1 July, 35.4 crore individuals have registered themselves on the platform.  

The government is looking at refreshing the CoWIN application by introducing a few changes, including the linkage of passport numbers to the vaccination certificates concerning international travel. The other change consists of a new tab for editing personal details to allow hassle-free corrections in the vaccination certificates. This change is being done to help people who have submitted incorrect personal details such as name, gender, or date of birth in the process of registering themselves.

To facilitate a broader outreach for CoWIN, several consumer-facing apps have come onboard. The central government has already received more than 204 applications from public and private entities to integrate with CoWIN. Out of the 204 applications, 148 have been already accepted and are amidst completing their integrations.

Going forward, users will be able to access their vaccination certificates via CoWIN against their registered mobile number or a beneficiary reference ID. With this move, apps will provide options to a user to download their vaccination certificate. 

For any clarifications/feedback on the topic, please contact the writer at bhavana.pn@cleartax.in

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