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Digital Health ID will be used for COVID-19 immunisation: PM Modi

"India is already working on putting a well-established vaccine delivery system in place. This digitised network along with digital health ID will be used to ensure immunisation [for COVID-19] of our citizens," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday. India's Digital Health program the National Digital Health Mission — which PM Modi announced on Independence day — has been rolling out in pilot in the union territories. As of September 9, 100,000 Health IDs had been issued across Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry, the implementation body National Health Authority had said. "India is now at the forefront of vaccine development for COVID-19. Some of them are in advanced stages," PM Modi said at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, which Bill Gates had also addressed. "Beyond COVID too, India is known for its proven capacity to produce quality medicines and vaccines at low cost" and "Over 60% of the vaccines used for immunisation globally was made in India", he added. Nilekani lays out Covid immunisation proposal using digital certificates Aadhaar architect Nandan Nilekani on Monday once again pointed out the need for a vaccination system "unified by a digital backbone". This "proposal" would involve a person authenticating their Aadhaar to get vaccinated. The person would get a digital certificate as proof of vaccination, this certificate would include the person's name, vaccinator, which vaccine was used, along with the date, time, and location. This certificate can then be shown at a job interview, airport,…

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