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Bill Gates congratulates India — Analysis

Bill Gates is a co-founder of Microsoft and a WHO mega-donor. He has again praised India for the Covid-19 success in managing pandemics after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that India crossed the line. “special figure” of two billion vaccine doses administered in rougly 18 months.

“We are grateful for our continued partnership with Indian vaccine manufacturers and the Indian government for mitigating the impact of COVID19,”Bill Gates sent a tweet on Tuesday congratulating India “yet another milestone” while tagging PM Modi personally.

On Sunday, Modi tweeted: “India creates history again! Congratulations to everyone in India for crossing 200 crore doses of vaccine. Proud of those who contributed to making India’s vaccination drive unparalleled in scale and speed. This has strengthened the global fight against COVID-19.”

Bill Gates isn’t the only one to praise India. He also highlighted his partnership in public health with India. Following a meeting with Indian Minister of Health, Mansukh Mandaviya, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos in May, the billionaire said that the country’s “success with the vaccination drive and the use of technology to drive health outcomes at scale offers many lessons for the world.”

Bill Gates is a leader in worldwide vaccination efforts since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although he is not a physician, his opinions have been bolstered by the Gates Foundation as major donor to WHO. The foundation also funds billions of dollars in vaccine development and distribution.

The college dropout-turned-software-billionaire also attracted scrutiny over his 2015 TED Talk in which he publicly warned of an “inevitable”Global pandemic. Earlier this year, he published a book titled ‘How to Prevent the Next Pandemic’, which was praised by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He has also called for the creation a Global Epidemic Response and Mobilization Team (GERM) with an annual budget not less than $1 billion to prepare for any future pandemics.

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