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Recently, PM Modi interacted virtually with the head of all states and Union Territories for discussing the preparedness of COVID-19 vaccination in India. During the interaction, it was informed that India is using e- Vin i.e. Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for identifying the primary beneficiaries of the vaccine and its distribution networks.

What is e-Vin?

• Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (e-Vin) is a technology that maintains digital records of stocks of vaccines and monitors the temperature of the cold chain through a mobile application.

• The e- VIN was initially launched across 12 states in the year 2015 for supporting improved vaccine logistics management at cold chain points.

• The e- VIN also supports the Universal Immunization Programme of the Indian government by providing real-time information related to the stocks and flows of the vaccine, and storage temperatures at all cold chain points across states and UTs.

How e-Vin Works?

• All the cold storage handlers are provided with mobiles/smart phones with e- Vin application wherein they update the net utilization of each vaccine every day.  This data is viewed by managers at district, state, and national levels.

• Thus, the data about the stock of vaccines get available to the government. In addition to this, SIM-enabled temperature loggers are attached to the cold chain equipment which records the temperature through a digital sensor placed in the refrigerator.

• The data related to temperature is captured every 10 minutes and updated after every 60 minutes on the server. In this way, data related to storage temperatures get available.


Source: PIB.

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