Microsoft Founder and philanthropist said India has a ‘lot of capacity’ when it comes to developing a vaccine, pointing out that a number of vaccines against some of mankind’s complex diseases come from the nation.
In India coronavirus cases have surged exponentially in recent times, with recorded infection numbers touching 1 million marks, third in terms of global COVID caseloads, after Brazil and the US.
Two Indian pharmaceutical companies are currently leading the nation’s vaccine race – Zydus Cadila and Bharat Biotech, both of which have been approved of conducting human trials.
“India has a lot of capacity there – with the drug and vaccine companies that are huge suppliers to the entire world,” Mr. Gates was quoted as saying, Sputnik reports.
“You know, more vaccines are made in India than anywhere – starting with Serum Institute, that’s the largest,” he said. “I am excited that the pharmaceutical industry there will be able to produce not just for India but also for the entire world,” Bill Gates, 64, commented in a documentary titled “COVID-19: India’s War Against The Virus” which is set to premiere today on Discovery Plus.
Watch the documentary trailer here.
As of now, there are 155 potential coronavirus vaccine developments currently undergoing across the world, in different stages of development.
The UK, Russia, Canada, the US, and Australia are racing to land on the first vaccine deemed safe and ready for mass immunization. Russia is apparently leading the game, having successfully conducted the clinical trial of potential vaccine ahead of others.
There are 13,589,273 confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 500,000 people passing out from the novel coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins data. The US and Brazil are leading the number of infections in the world.
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