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    India a role model on how to vaccinate a billion people: Nandan Nilekani

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    With CoWIN app, India is probably the first country in the world that has actually implemented a digital infrastructure for covid vaccination certificates, says Infosys’ non-executive chairman Nandan Nilekani.

    Nandan Nilekani, non-executive chairman of Infosys and former chairman of UIDAI.
    Pune | Mumbai: India will be a role model on how to vaccinate a billion people at scale, given how the country has been issuing digitally verifiable covid vaccination certificates, according to Nandan Nilekani.

    Speaking at an event organised by Redseer on Friday, the co-founder and non-executive chairman of Infosys Ltd. said that the government had already created a CoWIN platform which would be scalable.

    “What’s important is vaccination should be recorded online, real-time with proper authentication of identity so that the person gets the message if he has to come back in three weeks for the next vaccine…,” he said. “India is probably the first country in the world which has actually implemented this infrastructure for vaccination certificates. So actually I believe that if you do all the right things India will also be a role model on how to vaccinate a billion people at scale, at speed and in a trusted manner.”

    Nilekani was the first chairman of Aadhaar-issuing authority, Unique Identification Authority of India.

    The government will be issuing digital vaccination certificates which are QR-coded to all citizens who get vaccinated. Thet vaccination certificates can be kept on phones, in digilockers and can be printed out.

    According to Nilekani, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in dramatic acceleration in adoption of digital technology, resulting in behavioural changes of consumers which in turn will benefit startups.

    “A lot of the early work done by the startups was in subsidising transactions with discounts and cashbacks to bring about behaviour change so that consumers would know how to do an online transaction or learn how to do digital payments,” Nilekani said. “While it worked to create demand, it is also a very expensive way to do so.”

    Startups now have to invest less in pushing their product, he said.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    Viswanathan Subramanian37 days ago
    Though someone said that there is no need to vaccinate the entire population. But the process of vaccination should continue as some of the countries are threatened with second wave of Covid infection. Hence the Government need not give up the task with the existing system of issuing digital certificates for the vaccination done. If anyone undertakes foreign visit even for a short trip on Tourist visa the other country would insist proof of inoculation of the vaccine. Though the Government already said that the vaccination is optional and hence the public can choose the right one for them.
    V N38 days ago
    The easiest way to encourage people to take the shot voluntarily and without any hesitation or fear would be to reverse the stupid decision to use Covaxin even before it's full trial results are out and fully evaluated.
    Deepak38 days ago
    New Zealand has declare itself as covid free without any vaccination. And as per WHO officials as well this would be the blunder to vaccinate the entre population. This would do irreparable harm to the entre nation and to the coming generations. This virus is not going to come and again and it is not nature born as well. Therefore, there is absolutely no need to bring in digital agenda in healthcare space which is related to real lives of people.
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