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Principal Secretary to PM chairs meeting on COVID-19 vaccination, version 2.0 of Co-WIN app to be launched soon

ANI | Updated: Feb 17, 2021 21:15 IST


New Delhi [India], February 17 (ANI): PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the progress of the COVID-19 vaccination drive and was apprised that version 2.0 of the Co-WIN digital app is ready and will be launched "in very near future".
Co-WIN app, a critical link in the COVID-19 vaccination drive for self-registration by the beneficiaries, had faced glitches and slowed or stalled vaccination process and the government had said that the technical issues were being sorted out.
An official release said that Principal Secretary was briefed about the progress of the countrywide COVID vaccination exercise.
"Principal Secretary to PM was also apprised that version 2.0 of the Co-WIN digital app for self-registration of the vaccine beneficiaries is ready and will be launched in very near future," it said.
The plans to involve private sector healthcare facilities in a significant way in the ongoing vaccination drive were also discussed in the meeting.
The release said that this will enable registration of the population in the category of "50 years plus" for COVID vaccination, which is the third population priority group after the healthcare workers and frontline workers who are being administered the vaccine at present.
The comprehensive review meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Secretary (Health), Secretary (Pharmaceuticals) and CEO (National Health Authority).
The countrywide COVID vaccination drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16.
The release said that the Principal Secretary was briefed about the progress of the countrywide COVID vaccination exercise.
It said vaccination coverage in India has crossed 9.06 million doses across health care workers and front line workers at 3 pm today.
With this cumulative number, India ranks third globally after USA (55.2 million doses) and the UK (16.12 million doses) who have completed more than 60 days of vaccination in comparison to 31 days in India.
It was pointed out that India was the fastest country in the world to cross all the milestones from 1 million to 7 million cumulative vaccinations.
The release said that 68.3 per cent of all healthcare workers have been administered the first dose, 37.6 per cent eligible healthcare workers have been administered the second dose and 28.2 per cent of all frontline workers have been administered the first dose.
The meeting was informed that India has supplied COVID vaccine to 13 countries as grants through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). These countries are Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Oman, Afghanistan, Barbados and Dominica.
In addition, the vaccine has also been supplied to 14 countries - Bangladesh, Myanmar, Morocco, Brazil, Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia and El-Salvador - under commercial contract. (ANI)

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