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eVIN an Innovative Technology to Strengthen the Immunisation Supply Chain

India : The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence aims to provide real-time information on vaccine stocks and flows, and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country.

eVIN is an innovative technological solution functional in 32 states aimed at strengthening immunization supply chain systems across the country during COVID-19, stated health ministry. Health ministry further stated that this robust system has been used with the requisite customization during the COVID pandemic for ensuring continuation of the essential immunization services and protecting our children and pregnant mothers against vaccine preventable diseases.

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“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. At present, 23,507 cold chain points across 585 districts of 22 States and 2 UTs routinely use the eVIN technology for efficient vaccine logistics management. Over 41,420 vaccine cold chain handlers have been introduced to digital record-keeping by training them on eVIN. Nearly 23,900 electronic temperature loggers have been installed on vaccine cold chain equipment for accurate temperature review of vaccines in storage,” the ministry said.

The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network has helped create a big data architecture that generates actionable analytics encouraging data-driven decision-making and consumption based planning that helps in maintaining optimum stocks of vaccines leading to cost savings. Vaccine availability at all times has increased to 99% in most health centers.

To support the Government of India’s efforts to combat COVID-19, eVIN India is helping the state/UT governments monitor the supply chain of COVID response material. Since April 2020, eight states (Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Maharashtra) are using the eVIN application with 100% adherence rate to track state specific COVID-19 material supplies, ensure availability and raise alerts in case of shortage of 81 essential drugs and equipment.

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