Minister of Finances Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday offered to share India CoWIN vaccine distribution platform with other nations for free, claiming that humanitarian needs outweigh business benefits.
Participation on the second day of the current course G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, Sitharaman highlighted India’s successful experience in integrating technology with inclusive service delivery during the pandemic.
In a series of tweets, the finance ministry revealed the government’s decision.
“FM Smt. @Nsitharaman explained how the #CoWIN app has effectively supported the scale and reach of our vaccination and # India has made this platform freely accessible to all countries given our strong belief humanitarian needs outweigh business benefits“said a tweet.
During the meeting, the discussions of finance ministers were focused on economic recovery policies, sustainable finance, and international taxation.
“In recovery policies session, FM discussed 3 catalysts for economic recovery- #Digitalization #ClimateAction & #SustainableInfrastructure; shared India’s successful experience in integrating technology with inclusive service delivery during the pandemic, ”another tweet said.
Before that, Dr RS Sharma, chairman of the group empowered to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, had said that more than 50 countries were interested in CoWIN to lead their country’s vaccination campaign. In five months, Sharma said, CoWIN has grown to handle over 30 crore records and vaccinations for Indian citizens.
“We are telling the world how this system can work and how we are willing to share open source software with any country for free. There has been huge interest, from Canada, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Nigeria and Ugandasaid Sharma during the Public health summit 2021 organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
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