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Indian pharma industry capable of producing COVID-19 vaccines for entire world: Bill Gates

Commenting on the strength of the Indian pharmaceutical industry, he said, "India has a lot of capacity there, with the drug and vaccine companies that are major suppliers to the world.

According to Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, the Indian pharmaceutical industry will be able to produce COVID-19 vaccines not only for the country but also for the entire world.

Many “very important things” have been done in India and its pharmaceutical industry is working “to help the coronavirus vaccine develop other great capabilities that they have used for other diseases,” said Co-Chair and Trustee of Bill and the Melinda Foundation. Gates.

Speaking in a documentary, COVID-19: India’s War on the Virus, set to premiere on Discovery Plus this afternoon (Thursday), Gates said India also faces a major challenge due to the health crisis due to its gigantic size. and its urban centers. with a high population density.

Commenting on the strength of India’s pharmaceutical industry, he said, “India has a lot of capacity there, with drug and vaccine companies that are big suppliers to the whole world. You know, more vaccines are made in India than anywhere else. place. Starting with Serum Institute, that’s the biggest. ”

He also said: “But (there is) Bio E, Bharat (Biotech), many others.

They are working to help make the coronavirus vaccine, taking advantage of other great capabilities that they have used for other diseases. ”

Claiming that India joined Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which is a group that works globally to build vaccine platforms, Gates said: “I am excited that the pharmaceutical industry there can produce not only for India but also for everyone

(This is) What we need to reduce deaths and make sure we are immune, and this is how we end the epidemic. “Gates said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also a” partner in government, particularly with the Department of Biotechnology, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the office of the chief scientific adviser provide advice and help in implementing these tools. ”

Commenting on the deadly virus that violates India’s borders in the documentary that was filmed extensively during the shutdown period, he said: “India is still at the beginning of this, but many very important things have been done.”

“It is a great challenge with India because you have a gigantic country. You have your urban centers with a lot of density, and that drives the spread. There are people moving. “However, he added:” However, people are taking a step forward. Looking at how we reduce the spread while trying not to reduce food availability, the equipment that people need. ”

Highlighting the role of the Gates Foundation, he said, “It has worked for the Indian government on health issues such as the introduction of new vaccines in the past decade; and so when COVID-19 appeared, we stepped in and said they know where the gaps are. We have been funding detection and isolation work.

“We have been particularly active in UP and Bihar, where we have performed health services in the past.” The foundation is also working with the personnel and training department to bring their training platforms online and “they are now using that guide to help their front line.” healthcare workers, “Gates said.

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