Paytm, Infosys and MakeMyTrip are among companies seeking approval to provide online COVID-19 vaccine booking in India, the head of the government’s tech platform said, as the country tries to make it easier for its vast population to book shots. does.
The government last month relaxed rules to potentially allow third-party apps to offer vaccine bookings and took back control of procurement from states after delays and shortages. It also faced initial problems with its own vaccine booking platform.
About 15 state agencies and private companies, including Indian healthcare giants Apollo and Max and online pharmacies 1mg, asked to be allowed to offer vaccine bookings, says RS Sharma, managing the government’s panel covin vaccination registration platform, told Reuters.
softbank-Supported Digital Payment App Paytm Has over 100 million monthly active users and makemytrip 12 lakhs. Their popularity has been seen to provide more options to Indians booking them COVID-19 shots, especially if they are clashing with an unfamiliar government platform.
“It will work in favor of the country, union of all institutions is better than just an individual platform,” Sharma said.
MakeMyTrip CEO Rajesh Mago said the company wants to help people book their vaccination slots. 1mg said it is awaiting government approval. Apollo declined to comment, while Paytm, Infosys and Max did not respond to queries from Reuters.
Only 3.5 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population is fully immunized against COVID-19 and health officials say the pace will have to be accelerated to avoid a further deadly surge of the virus, such as the country in the spring. I got swept away.
While a lot will depend on whether the supply of vaccines will pick up, experts say more booking options should help. Many software developers are already using publicly available coding for the CoWIN platform to create sending tools Wire Alerts to help people book slots.
Software developer Bertie Thomas said, “Right now, even if you get a slot using Alerts, you still have to go to the government website and follow a number of steps. Companies will be able to deliver a better user experience than CoWIN. ” Telegram alerts were created to inform people about the slots.
Paytm has also enabled the notification feature on its app.
Sharma said the supply of the vaccine should go ahead and praised the CoWIN platform, adding that at least three African countries – Zambia, Nigeria and Malawi – had inquired about using it for their own vaccination campaign.
“We will give them the portal free of cost and they can customize. It is highly scalable,” Sharma said.
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