Context: The eVIN network is being repurposed for the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine, said the Union Health Ministry in a release issued recently.

More on the news:

  • The 21st meeting of the High-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 chaired by the Health Minister was recently conducted. During the meeting, it was highlighted that
    • The listing of healthcare workers would be completed soon.
    • The task of identifying frontline workers, recalibration of the digital platform, the logistics of non-vaccine supplies, and cold chain augmentation, are also being carried out as per the detailed implementation plan.
    • A comprehensive study on the priority sections of the population that would have initial access to the vaccination was also presented.

About  Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN):

  • This is being implemented under the National Health Mission (NHM) by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • It is an innovative technological solution aimed at strengthening immunization supply chain systems across the country. 
  • It aims to promote the government of India’s Universal Immunization Programme by providing real-time information on vaccine stocks and flows, and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country
  • eVIN combines state-of-the-art technology, a strong IT infrastructure and trained human resources to enable real time monitoring of stock and storage temperature of the vaccines kept in multiple locations across the country.
  • eVIN has reached 32 States and Union Territories (UTs) and will soon be rolled-out in the remaining States and UTs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Ladakh and Sikkim. 

Significance of eVIN:

  • The network has helped create a big data architecture that combines
  • Technology: To facilitate evidence-based decision-making by making available online real-time information.
  • Governance: To ensure efficient vaccine logistics management by systemizing record keeping.
  • Human Resources: To empower the state cold chain network by building the capacities of government cold chain handler.
  • Vaccine availability at all times has increased to 99% in most health centers.
  • While instances of stock-outs have reduced by 80%, the time taken to replenish stocks has also decreased by more than half. 
  • This has ensured that every child who reaches the immunization session site is immunized, and not turned back due to unavailability of vaccines.
  • This robust system has been used with the requisite customization during the COVID pandemic for ensuring continuation of the essential immunization services and protecting children and pregnant mothers against vaccine preventable diseases.

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