PM Modi discusses COVID-19 situation and vaccine to cure it with Bill Gates

PM Modi discusses COVID-19 situation and vaccine to cure it with Bill Gates

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday discussed the global response to COVID-19, and the importance of global coordination in scientific innovation and research to combat the pandemic.

During a video conference, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates and Prime Minister Modi agreed that given India's willingness and capacity to contribute to global efforts, it was important for New Delhi to be included in the global discussions for coordinating responses to the pandemic.

Modi also underlined the conscious approach that India has adopted in its fight against the health crisis.

"Had an extensive interaction with @BillGates. We discussed issues ranging from India's efforts to fight coronavirus, work of the @gatesfoundation in battling COVID-19, role of technology, innovation, and producing a vaccine to cure the pandemic," the prime minister tweeted.

An official statement pointed out that India's approach is based on ensuring public engagement through appropriate messaging.

Modi explained how the "people-centric bottom-up approach" has helped win acceptability for physical distancing, respect for front-line workers, wearing of masks, maintaining proper hygiene, and respecting lockdown provisions."