India’s coronavirus vaccine rollout, one of the largest in the world, has been hobbled by technical glitches in a mobile phone application.
That has left the country far short of its vaccination goals in the first few days of the campaign.
State officials complained of problems with a digital platform called the Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network, or CoWIN.
This is used by vaccine providers and recipients to monitor progress.
Vaccine recipients have to sign up through the app.
The software became overwhelmed and didn’t work at many vaccination sites as the campaign began on Saturday.
India is planning to vaccinate 1.3 billion people, as it battles the second-highest case count and third-highest death count in the world.
On the first day, about 300,000 health care workers were set to be inoculated; the actual number was about 207,000. On Sunday, the number dropped to 17,072.
Courtesy – NYT