Bill Gates Hails India's Leadership In Scientific Innovation, Vaccine Manufacturing

CIOReviewIndia Team | Tuesday, 05 January 2021, 13:10 IST

The co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates on Tuesday applauded India’s research and development effort in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bill Gates hailed India’s leadership in scientific innovation and vaccine manufacturing ability.

Bill Gates tweeted, “It’s great to see India’s leadership in scientific innovation and vaccine manufacturing capability as the world works to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He previously wrote to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Modi hailing the Indian Government’s utilization of ‘its exceptional digital capabilities in its COVID-19 response and launched the Aarogya Setu digital app for coronavirus tracking, contact tracing, and to connect people to health services.’

Gates wrote on April 2020 - “We commend your leadership and the proactive measures you and your government have taken to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 infection rate in India, such as adopting a national lockdown, expanding focused testing to identify hot spots for isolation, quarantining, and care, and significantly increasing health expenditures to strengthen the health system response and promote R&D and digital innovation.”

And today, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also applauded India’s action and its resolve to finish the Covid-19 pandemic and become the largest vaccine producer of the world.

Applauding the PM’s effort in the fight against the pandemic, he wrote, “If we #ACTogether, we can ensure effective & safe vaccines are used to protect the most vulnerable everywhere @narendramodi”.

On Monday, PM Modi directed the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination programme is also being initiated in India and the CSIR and the other institutions are collaborating for solving any challenge and solutions for new situations.

 He added, “For this, the country is very proud of the contribution of its scientists. Today is also the day to remember the time when our scientific institutions, all of you, worked day and night together to develop the vaccine to defeat Covid,” he added.

PM Modi, at the inauguration of National Atomic Timescale and Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravya video conferencing, said, “Indian scientists have been successful in coming up with two ‘Made in India’ COVID19 vaccines. The country is proud of its scientists.”

India has one of the largest vaccine manufacturing capacities in the world, which includes the largest vaccine producer – Serum Institute of India and it has also secured authorization of mass production of AstraZeneca, Novavax and Gamaleya Research Institute Vaccines.

India has a population of 1.3 billion, which comprises of 94 million population of 65+ years olds, and the domestic vaccination drive will be the largest in the world.

India has an excellent track record of driving mass population vaccination with regular inoculation for various diseases like polio and cholera.

India’s vaccine rollout will start with frontline healthcare workers and individuals of age 50+ years in priority.

India aims to vaccinate 250+ million people within six-to-eight months.

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