Govt's Co-WIN app to track both Covid-19 vaccine and its recipients

Experts say technologies such as IoT, AI, machine learning and blockchain play a key role in tracking these vaccines and detecting any changes

Neha AlawadhiPeerzada Abrar New Delhi/Bengaluru
Co-WIN, coronavirus vaccine, covid, Technology, AI, machine learning, apps, smartphone, mobile, data, IoT, internet of things

The challenge is to work with existing IT systems, integrate them and increase backend capacity to be able to cater to 1.3 billion Indians

In Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film Contagion, people wore bar-coded wristbands to show they had been inoculated against a deadly virus that killed millions of people worldwide.
Today, as countries vaccinate their citizens against the coronavirus, a similar scenario is becoming a reality. Technologies such as blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are being used to deliver vaccines against Covid-19, which has caused over 2 million deaths globally.  
The Indian government is betting on the Co-WIN (Covid-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network) digital platform, a repurposed version of eVIN (Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network). The ministry of health and family welfare guidelines state: “The Co-WIN system on a real-time basis will track not only the beneficiaries but also the vaccines, at national, state and district levels.”  

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First Published: Jan 24 2021 | 10:50 PM IST

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