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BIG DATA ANALYTICS: THE SECRET TOOL BEHIND COVAX AND VACCINE PASSPORT Posted on : Apr 08 - 2021

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, big data analytics has played a major role

Ever since WHO declared Covid-19 as a pandemic, technology has been at every end of detecting, tracking, and treating people. Especially, big data analytics has played a major role in keeping track of Covid information. But today, the world has moved out of the initial scare. We have fourteen approved vaccines that could retrieve the population out of the disease. On our way out, governments across the world are taking new initiatives like Covax to streamline vaccine distribution to poor countries and Vaccine passports that could leverage the facility for vaccinated people to travel as per their wish. But do not forget that these new programs are nothing without big data.

The world out of Covid-19 could be less suffocating and we all believe the day is not away. In the beginning, when the first set of coronavirus was reported from across the globe, no one was prepared to envisage it. Governments had no plans, and especially, the healthcare industry was clueless on how to combat the virus. But things changed eventually, thanks to healthcare initiatives and technology. Primarily, before the creation of vaccines, governments used big data analytics to develop tools for the Covid-19 dataset. These data dashboards housed a lot of information on the number of people who have contracted the virus, their locations, how to track them, how to provide medical facilities, etc. What started as a basic using big data analytics is now the core substance of worldly initiatives. Later, data scientists used machine learning to discover Covid-19 treatments. When scientists started working on developing vaccines, big data analytics acted as a key accelerator that opened the door for researchers to conduct trials and see its outcomes. Big data analytics has proven effective in speeding vaccine development both by enabling more efficient Design of Experiments (DOE) and by creating rapid-scale production rollout processes. Besides, on a daily basis, data dashboards provide an overall view of vaccination records like which country has the highest vaccinated people, what are the different categories of vaccines offered, and which vaccine is used in various countries.

Now we have seen light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to inoculation programs. Henceforth, we want to free ourselves from cramped situations. While the rich countries are streamlining their vaccine distribution, they are also helping poor countries to get their piece of cake through a program called Covax. On the other hand, vaccine passports and air bubbles across countries are also freeing people from the cage we were locked up for a long time. But none of this is possible without big data analytics and other supporting technologies.

Covax

Covax is a global initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and also involves the Global Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi). According to the scheme, 98 wealthier countries will distribute vaccines to 92 poorer countries. The program aims to deliver two billion doses of vaccine to people in less than a year.

Besides the physical work on vaccine distribution, technology plays a big role in the equal rollout and also keeps track of the numbers. Data dashboards are used as a go-to public resource for the latest information on the world’s Covid-19 vaccine market and the Covax facilities deliveries. The data dashboard gives a detailed view of vaccine development and progresses towards vaccine approvals, global vaccine production capacity, manufacturing agreements, bilateral and multilateral supply agreements, and vaccine prices. It also provides an outlook on total daily Covax vaccine deliveries, doses allocated, and doses ordered. View More