Bill Gates has never shied away from expressing his love for India. Earlier, in the month of April, Microsoft founder and philanthropist had commended PM Modi’s leadership and his government’s “proactive measures” to curb the spread of coronavirus, and now once again, during the ongoing Grand Challenges Annual Meet 2020, Bill Gates calls India inspiring.

While making the big announcement about availability of COVID-19 vaccine by summer 2021, he emphasised on India’s research and manufacturing capabilities and called India inspiring. He further went on to add that India has always been on the forefront and has taken several steps to improve the health of its people in the last two decades. Talking about India’s contribution in the fight against COVID-19, he said, “India’s research and manufacturing will be critical to fighting COVID-19 especially when it comes to making vaccines at large scale.”

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The American business magnate said India is “very inspiring” as it has made huge strides in improving the health of its people in the last two decades.According to Gates, time has come to develop sensitive and specific diagnostic processes. Gates said that COVID-19 has badly affected the global economy, pushing it into deep economic depression.”Researchers are breaking silos, 1,37,000 COVID-19 genomic sequences have been shared. First approved COVID-19 vaccines could be mRNA vaccines but has challenges. mRNA vaccine manufacturing is hard to scale, logistical challenges as it will need extensive cold chain. mRNA platforms in future could be developed to make vaccine more thermo stable. Monoclonal antibodies development also needs more research. Need to develop cheaper and faster monoclonal antibodies, delivery platforms can help. Innovation in sensitive and specific diagnostic processes needed for future. Diagnostics are failing us currently in COVID fight, in the US, 3 out of 4 are not even diagnosed,” he added.

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Meanwhile, India has entered the ‘Unlock 5.0’ stage. A few days ago, Ministry of Home Affairs, several states, including Uttar Pradesh, have re-opened schools for students of Class IX to XII outside containment zones. While the economy is still crawling and trying to regain its shape, the govt. is taking all necessary precautions to ensure COVID-19 cases remain under call. The Centre has also given permission to reopen cinema halls and multiplexes in 7 states. Gyms and fitness centres are also expected to open its gates after Dussehra.

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