With an excess of billion vaccinations, India’s CoWIN platform is set to be implemented in 5 countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions worldwide. Organisations were forced to shift to a work from home setting and accelerate their digital transformation journey much before than actually planned.
Countries extensively began their vaccination drives and began vaccinating their citizens. India, recently completed 100 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 9 months since the vaccination drive began.
In the month of October, the eGov Foundation had announced that one billion vaccination certificates had been issued via the CoWIN platform in India, using eGov’s open-source software package (called “DIVOC” – Digital Infrastructure for Vaccination Open Credentialing).
DIVOC is a digital public good that helps countries roll out national vaccination and other public health programs. It is an open-source, free to use software solution that is compliant with the World Health Organisation’s DDCC vs specifications for vaccine certification, and has been integrated with India’s vaccination platform CoWIN. DIVOC was built with a “make in India for the world” approach, and is offered under an MIT open-source license for other countries to adopt.
“We have been working for the last 18 years to ensure citizens get access to government services with ease and efficiency. We designed DIVOC as an open-source solution which can issue digital certificates and to drive national scale vaccination programs at speed and scale. We are glad we played a role in achieving the one billion vaccination landmark. We are now working with over five other countries to leverage DIVOC to roll out national scale vaccination programs,” said Viraj Tyagi, CEO, eGov Foundation.
“As we recover from the onslaught of COVID-19 and get back to our daily activities, proper vaccination and certification are key to a smooth transition to normalcy. We are honoured to support the speed and scale of such vaccination rollout programs with DIVOC,” added Tyagi.
Beyond the immediate need, globally, we see countries now investing in scalable digital health infrastructure to drive towards being self-reliant and resilient enough to withstand future health shocks.
In addition to Vaccination Certificates via CoWIN, DIVOC was also involved in an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) initiative to launch the COVID-19 Report Portal, which gives citizens an easy way to access and download their COVID-19 test reports. Each report will hold a digitally signed and verifiable QR code, allowing citizens to carry/show their latest COVID test results in a secure manner, the authorities said.
DIVOC is aligned with global standards, is easy to adopt, scalable and can be integrated with other existing e-health systems. DIVOC has also been used for issuing digital vaccination certificates in Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.
They further added that DIVOC was architected with a strong underlying technical design, and effective privacy and security protocols; and can also seamlessly integrate with other existing systems that manage vaccine supply, hospital management, identity and payments services.
DIVOC is a part of eGov Foundation’s digital public infrastructure DIGIT that has been used by state and local governments across India to improve access to government services for over 150 million + citizens. DIGIT is a foundational and versatile digital infrastructure that supports and enables platforms in a variety of sectors, including urban governance, health, sanitation, and public finance management.