Indian pharmaceutical industry has mammoth production capacity and can manufacture COVID-19 vaccines for the entire world, says Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. India’s pharmaceutical industry is doing commendable work “to help make the coronavirus vaccine building on other great capacities that they have used for other diseases,” said Gates who is also a great philanthropist and the Co-Chair and Trustee of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Speaking in a documentary titled “Covid-19: India’s War Against The Virus” to be aired in Discovery Plus, Bill Gates lauded the sheer strength of the Indian pharma industry. He admitted that the country also faces a huge challenge rising due to the pandemic because of the size of its population and density in urban places.
“India has a lot of capacity there — with the drug and vaccine companies that are huge suppliers to the entire world. You know, more vaccines are made in India than anywhere– starting with Serum Institute, that’s the largest.”
In the documentary most of which was shot during the lockdown, Gates also elucidated on how his foundation is relentlessly working in tandem with the Indian government on health issues like introducing new vaccines over the last 10 years.
He was also all praise for the way India stood up against the Covid challenge. Despite all odds, he said “people are stepping up… Looking at how we reduce the spread while trying not to reduce food availability, equipment that people need.”
India’s COVID-19 cases have crossed the 969K mark as of Mid-July.
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