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Vaccine alert services that use CoWIN API may see 30 minute delay

The government on Wednesday updated its policy around CoWIN public APIs saying that data may now be up to 30 minutes old. This directly impacts the usefulness of numerous third-party apps and services that have sprung up in the last week to help people find vaccination slots. APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces, help third parties connect to a service; in the case of CoWIN, APIs have been used to automatically fetch data on newly opened vaccine slots. This may soon not happen as easily as it has been so far: "The [CoWIN site's vaccine] appointment availability data is cached and may be up to 30 minutes old. Further, these APIs are subject to a rate limit of 100 API calls per 5 minutes per IP." - API Setu website. MediaNama reported earlier on Wednesday on how the tech-savvy are gaining…

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