PM reviews meet on COVID-19 situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the status of PSA oxygen plants coming up across the country and said in a meeting on COVID-19 situation  that around one lakh oxygen concentrators and three lakh oxygen cylinders have been distributed to States.

The topics covered included a review of the prevailing COVID-19 scenario, preparedness of the health systems to respond, availability of medical oxygen and matters relating to production, supply and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine noted a release issued by the Central Government.

The covid-19 situation

The release noted that PM was briefed about the concentration of cases in a few geographies, districts with high test positivity as well as the week-on-week test positivity rate in the country.

Modi spoke about the need for constant genome sequencing to monitor emergence of mutants. At the meeting, he directed that the entire ecosystem should ensure increased oxygen availability, including oxygen concentrators, cylinders and PSA plants need to be rapidly augmented.

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According to the release on vaccines while being being told about the covid-19 situation, Modi was apprised that around 58% of India’s adult population has received the first dose and around 18% of India’s adult population has received the second dose. PM was also updated about the vaccine pipeline and increased supply of vaccines, added the release.

73 crore vaccine doses administered

Nearly 73 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far, the Union Health Ministry said on September 10. According to a provisional report, more than 56 lakh vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm on September 10.

The weekly COVID-19 situation positivity rate has been less than 3% for 10th consecutive week, according to an official statement.

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The Health Ministry has launched a new Application Programming Interface (API), through its web portal Co-WIN, called ‘Know Your Customer’s/Client’s Vaccination Status’ (KYC-VS). Sources at the health ministry said while making efforts to improve the covid-19 situation, such steps were being taken.

KYC-VS will enable a verifying entity to know whether a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or not, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

In a release the Ministry said that to use this API, an individual needs to enter his/her mobile number and name.

“Thereafter, they will get an OTP which they have to enter. In return, Co-WIN will send a response to the verifying entity on the individual’s status of vaccination,” said the release.

This response will be digitally signed and can be shared instantly with the verifying entity.

“A real-life example could be when at the time of booking a railway ticket, an individual will input the necessary details for buying the ticket and if required, the concerned entity will also get the vaccination status in the same transaction, with the due consent of the individual,” noted the release.

KYC-VS according to the Ministry is both consent-based and privacy preserving.

Additionally, in order to facilitate quick integration and faster adoption, the Co-WIN Team has prepared a webpage with the API, which may be embedded in any system. This will allow for a seamless integration with any system to improve the covid-19 situation.

It added that this service may be utilised by any service provider, private or public, for whom verifying an individual’s vaccination status is critical for facilitating a service requested.

The Ministry said that as the socio-economic activities are being gradually revived while maintaining everyone’s safety, there is a need for a way to digitally convey the status of individuals’ vaccination to entities with whom they may be engaging with for any or all reasons, as employees, passengers, residents etc. This would help in improving the covid-19 situation.

“Therefore, there is a need to enable an Aadhaar like authentication service for the status of vaccination through Co-WIN. To take care of these cases and others that may come up this API has been launched,” the release said.

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