Bill Gates applauds India’s vaccination campaign

India has ‘many lessonsTo offer’ on successful pandemic management, the billionaire says

Retired Microsoft co-founder and WHO mega-donor Bill Gates said it was great to exchange perspectives on global healthcare issues with India’s Minister of Health Mansukh Mandaviya during their meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier this week.

“India’s success with the vaccination drive and the use of technology to drive health outcomes at scale offers many lessons for the world,” the billionaire tweeted on Saturday in response to Mandaviya’s earlier tweet.

According to India’s top health official, in Davos they discussed a wide range of topics, from “disease control management” to “creation of mRNA regional hubs,”As well as developing affordable, high-quality diagnostics and medical equipment.

With an estimated 88 percent of India’s adult population fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of Saturday, Mandaviya said that Gates had specifically noted India’s pandemic management success and “mammoth vaccination efforts.” In its effort to inoculate a population of 1.38 billion, New Delhi mostly relied on AstraZeneca’s Covishield and domestically developed Covaxin, as well as small batches of Russia’s Sputnik.

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Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Bill Gates has led the fight against coronavirus worldwide. Although he is not a physician, Gates’ opinions are well-known because the Gates Foundation has been a significant donor to the World Health Organization. It invests millions in developing and distributing vaccines.

He was a college dropout who became a successful software entrepreneur. His 2015 TED Talk where he spoke out against anachronisms at the University of Texas also attracted some attention. “inevitable”Pandemic worldwide. Earlier this month, he published a book titled ‘How to Prevent the Next Pandemic’, which was praised by WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He has also called for the establishment of GERM (Global Epidemic Response and Mobilization), a group with an annual budget not less than $1 billion to plan for any future pandemics.



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