India leading vaccine maker, world needs its cooperation in Covid-19 vaccine supply: Bill Gates

India leading vaccine maker, world needs its cooperation in Covid-19 vaccine supply: Bill Gates

Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has said the world is looking forward to India as it a leading vaccine producer on a global scale.

Speaking to PTI, Bill Gates has said, “India is a leading vaccine producer, we need cooperation from India on manufacturing Covid-19 vaccine. The world is looking at India for some of that capacity to be available to develop countries.”

Bill Gates has also spoken of his plans to brokering for a vaccine in India and said, "Brokering an idea of taking a vaccine and manufacturing it in India, even if it comes from AstraZeneca, Oxford, Novavax or Johnson and Johnson."

Bill Gates also said, “It is very likely that roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine will take place in fairly big volume (in India) sometime next year.”

Bill Gates also said that he is quite optimistic that by the first quarter of next year, several Covid-19 vaccine candidates will be in their final stages.