A vaccine for Covid-19 is expected early next year and of the six leading ones which are undergoing trials probably three of them will work, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has said asserting that India has a huge role to play in scaling up manufacturing for these.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Tuesday said India is likely to play a key role in manufacturing of the coronavirus vaccine.
“India is a leading vaccine producer; we need cooperation from India on manufacturing Covid-19 vaccine,” Bill Gates told PTI. “All of us want to get a vaccine out in India as fast as we can, once we know that it’s very effective and very safe,” he further added.
It’s very likely that roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine will take place in fairly big volume (in India) sometime next year. I’m quite optimistic that by first quarter of next year, several of Covid-19 vaccines will have final stage,” said Gates expressing his hopes that Covid vaccine will be rolled out from India next year.
“India’s willingness to play big role in manufacturing vaccines, send some of these to developing countries will be critical,” he added.
In an interview over skype, Gates, who is the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also added that “If they succeed in their phase three, which is still underway, we want to be able to ramp up that manufacturing capacity.”