Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has praised India’s pharmaceutical industry and said that it has the capability to produce Covid-19 vaccines for the entire world.

Bill Gates is also the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (Photo: Reuters)

India’s pharmaceutical industry is capable of producing Covid-19 vaccines for the entire world, said Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

Praising India’s pharma industry, Gates, said “a lot of very important things have been done” on India and added that the country’s pharma industry is working to help make the “coronavirus vaccine building on other great capacities that they have used for other diseases”.

Speaking in a documentary, titled ‘COVID-19: India’s War Against The Virus’, Gates highlighted the fact that India faces a major challenge in diffusing the health crisis due to its gigantic size and urban areas, which are densely populated.

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He, however, exuded confidence that the Indian pharma industry is quite capable of supplying vaccines for coronavirus to the entire world.

“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,” Bill Gates 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,” he added.

Gates was also optimistic about the fact that the pharmaceutical industry in India will be able produce not just for the country but the entire world.

“We need to reduce the deaths and make sure we are immune, which is how we end the epidemic,” Gates added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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