Modi urges people
to follow COVID
protocols during festivals


NEW DELHI: After India achieved the landmark of administering over 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged citizens to celebrate upcoming festivals with the utmost care, adding the armour of inoculation does not guarantee complete protection against the virus.
Addressing the nation, PM Modi urged people to keep following COVID protocols and said, “No matter how good the armour is, no matter how modern the armour is, even if armour guarantees complete protection, weapons are not thrown while the battle is on. I request that we have to celebrate our festivals with the utmost care.” “I appeal to all those who have not taken the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to give utmost priority to getting vaccinated. Those who are vaccinated should encourage others,” he added.
The Prime Minister also reiterated his clarion call of “Vocal For Local” and appealed to people to buy ‘Made in India’ products during the festival season.
“Emphasis should be given to buying made in India products. This will be possible only with the efforts of everyone. We have to put –buying things made by Indians, being Vocal For Local– into practice,” he stated.
Meanwhile, more than 100.59 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far to eligible beneficiaries, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. (ANI)

One billion vaccination certificates

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks as he launches a ‘Customised Crash Course Programme for COVID-19 Frontline Workers’ virtually in Chennai, in New Delhi on Friday.
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eGov Foundation has announced that one billion vaccination certificates have been issued via the CoWIN platform in India, using eGov’s open-source software package (called “DIVOC” – Digital Infrastructure for Vaccination Open Credentialing).
DIVOC is a digital public good that helps countries roll out national vaccination and other public health programs. It is an open-source, free to use software solution that is compliant with the World Health Organization’s DDCC: VS specifications for vaccine certification, and has been integrated with India’s vaccination platform CoWIN. DIVOC was built with a “make in India for the world” approach, and is offered under an MIT open-source license for other countries to adopt. Viraj Tyagi, CEO, eGov Foundation said, “We have been working for the last 18 years to ensure citizens get access to government services with ease and efficiency. We designed DIVOC as an open-source solution which can issue digital certificates and to drive national scale vaccination programs at speed and scale. We are glad we played a role in achieving the one billion vaccination landmark. We are now working with over five other countries to leverage DIVOC to roll out national scale vaccination programs.”
As we recover from the onslaught of COVID-19 and get back to our daily activities, proper vaccination and certification are key to a smooth transition to normalcy. We are honoured to support the speed and scale of such vaccination rollout programs with DIVOC.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states on the COVID-19 situation, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Tuesday.
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Beyond the immediate need, globally, we see countries now investing in scalable digital health infrastructure to drive towards being self-reliant and resilient enough to withstand future health shocks.
In addition to Vaccination Certificates via CoWIN, DIVOC was also involved in an ICMR initiative to launch the COVID-19 Report Portal, which gives citizens an easy way to access and download their COVID-19 Test reports. Each report will hold a digitally signed and verifiable QR code, allowing citizens to carry/show their latest COVID test results in a secure manner.
eGov Foundation was established in 2003 by Nandan Nilekani and Srikanth Nadhamuni. The foundation is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nilekani Philanthropies, Omidyar Network India, and Tata Trusts.
Over the last 18 years, eGov has partnered with more than over 2600 towns and cities across India, and more than 150 million citizens have benefited from its platform.
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