The government has open-sourced the CoWIN platform and will provide certification to the companies for the rollout, RS Sharma, chief executive of the National Health Authority (NHA), told ET.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in a written reply said the Co-WIN system is an inclusive platform designed keeping in mind the limitations and challenges posed due to the extent of digital literacy and lack of access to digital devices in some areas.

A central official with the Co-WIN portal management team said, “When an attempt is made to merge two certificates, details like beneficiary’s name, gender, age, reference ID are checked to see if they all match. In case they do not match, the merging request does not go through.”

All beneficiaries who have received vaccines in India are registered on the Co-WIN portal, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha

As on July 25, 2021, 65.5 per cent of second dose eligible beneficiaries aged 18 years and above have received 2nd dose of Covid vaccine as per CoWIN portal, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pawar said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Volunteers for vaccines which have got regulatory approval will only be eligible for QR-based certificates through Co-WIN. However, those who are enrolled in ongoing clinical trials will not get certificates, Agarwal said.

Responding to a question if people who participated in clinical trials of vaccine will be given certificate by CoWin, Joint Secretary in the ministry, Lav Agarwal, said people who participated in vaccine trials were given paper certificates but later questions were raised if they should be covered under CoWIN too.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, in a written reply, said while there have been instances of vaccine wastage in states and Union territories (UTs), but extra doses have also been extracted from a given vial according to the Co-WIN portal.

Addressing the CoWin Global Conclave, Modi said, “In line with India’s philosophy of considering the whole world as one family, the Covid vaccination platform CoWin is being prepared to be made open source. Soon, it will be available to any and all countries.”

Noting that technology is integral to Indias fight against COVID-19, Modi said luckily, software is one area in which there are no resource constraints. Thats why we made our COVID tracing and tracking App open source as soon as it was technically feasible, he said.

The prime minister has directed officials to create an open-source version of the platform and give it to any country that wants it for free, Sharma had said.

The feature comes two days after TOI had reported that there are at least one lakh cases in Maharashtra alone of people who are fully vaccinated but their names are being shown as due for the second shot. Users can log onto CoWIN, click on “raise an issue” and select the “merge multiple first dose provisional certificates” option.

The claims of so-called hackers on the dark web, relating to alleged hacking of the Co-WIN system and data leak, is baseless, Dr R S Sharma, Chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration, clarified.

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