Sharing of best practices needed to deal with Covid: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file pic)

New Delhi: Highlighting that Coronavirus is an unparalleled pandemic in a hundred years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for joint efforts by the entire world to meet the challenge as no nation can can address it in isolation.

Addressing CoWin Global Conclave, PM emphasised that COVID pandemic is a human cause thus we all have to work together and share best practices.

“The biggest lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic is that for humanity and the human cause, we have to work together and move ahead together,” he said.

“We have to learn from each other and guide each other about our best practices”, he added.

India offered CoWIN platform as a digital public good to the world to combat COVID19.

Underlining India’s Commitment to sharing experiences, expertise and resources with the global community, he also expressed India’s eagerness to learn from global practices.

Emphasizing the importance of technology in the fight against the pandemic, PM said that software is one area in which there are no resource constraints. That’s why India made its Covid tracking and tracing App open source as soon as it was technically feasible.

He conveyed his condolences for all the lives lost to the pandemic, in all the countries.

“There is no parallel to such a pandemic in hundred years and no nation, however powerful, can solve a challenge like this in isolation,” PM said.

He pointed out that with nearly 200 million users, the ‘Aarogya Setu’ app is a readily available package for developers. Having been used in India, the Prime Minister told the global audience, you can be sure that it has been tested in the real world for speed and scale.

He said that given the importance of vaccination, India decided to adopt a completely digital approach while planning its vaccination strategy.

This helps people in proving that they have been vaccinated, expediting the normalcy in the post-pandemic globalized world. A safe, secure and trustworthy proof helps people to establish when, where and by whom they have been vaccinated. The Digital approach also helps in tracking the usage of vaccination and minimizes wastage.

He stressed that today’s Conclave is the first step to introduce this platform to the global audience.

He informed that through CoWin, India has administered 350 million doses of Covid vaccines, including 9 million people in one day, few days ago.

Furthermore, vaccinated people do not need to carry around fragile pieces of paper to prove anything. It is all available in digital format.

He also highlighted the customizability to the software as per the local requirements of the interested countries.

The Prime Minister concluded with the hope that guided by the approach of ‘One Earth, One Health’, humanity will certainly overcome this pandemic.