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Melinda Gates Applauds India's Covid-19 Management, Vaccination Drive

They also discussed opportunities to leverage Indian vaccine manufacturing and digital goods for global public health, specifically in light of India’s charge of the G-20 Presidency

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Melinda French Gates on Monday congratulated the Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya for India’s successful Covid-19 vaccination drive and praised the colossal efforts undertaken by the government in managing the pandemic. 

Mandaviya and Gates discussed in detail the potential and new opportunities for India’s ambitious health sector reforms, with particular emphasis on strengthening the health infrastructure and digital health mission under the aegis of Ayushman Bharat. 

They also discussed opportunities to leverage Indian vaccine manufacturing and digital goods for global public health, specifically in light of India’s charge of the G-20 Presidency.

Mandaviya stated, “Our frontline healthcare workers, by taking upon the role of both caregivers and leaders during the pandemic, have emerged as our true heroes. It is important to document and share their story of addressing and managing such a huge crisis with tremendous dedication and commitment.”

He also said that our globally heralded vaccination drive demonstrated the power of ‘whole of society’ approach in dealing with a crisis. 

He added, "Under the strong and capable leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we seek to leverage the learnings from the last two years in strengthening the country’s health system to provide affordable, quality healthcare to every citizen." 

Lauding India’s progress on key health indicators, Gates reiterated her appreciation of India’s endeavours. 

She said, “It is amazing how India covered more than 90 per cent of its population through vaccination in such a short time. India has been a champion in pioneering innovations to fight the pandemic and minimise its impact on the most vulnerable groups."

She also said that the country has made rapid strides in improving the health outcomes of millions of citizens, particularly in ensuring consistent progress on maternal and child health indicators. India has done remarkable work in the comprehensive primary health care system & digital health, lessons from India can be replicated across the world."