India is Capable of Producing COVID-19 Vaccine For the Entire World: Bill Gates
- by Satakshi-Gauri
- Jul 17, 2020 19:36
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates have claimed the Indian pharmaceutical industry will be able to produce COVID-19 vaccines not just for the country but also for the entire world. A lot of "very important things have been done" in India and its pharma industry is doing work "to help make the coronavirus vaccine building on other great capacities that they have used for other diseases", said the Co-Chair and Trustee of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The statement made for a Discovery Plus documentary ‘COVID-19: India's War Against The Virus’. In the documentary, Gates also said that India faces a huge challenge due to the health crisis due to its gigantic size and urban centers with a lot of population density.
The documentary was shot after the coronavirus breached Indian boundaries. Commenting on the strength of India's pharma industry, he said, "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." He further said, "But (there are) also Bio E, Bharat (Biotech), many others. They are doing work to help make the coronavirus vaccine, building on other great capacities that they have used for other diseases." Stating that India joined Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which is a group working on a global basis to build vaccine platforms, Gates said, "I am excited that the pharmaceutical industry there will be able to produce not just for India but also for the entire world. (This is) What we need to reduce the deaths and make sure we are immune, which is how we end the epidemic."
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