Bill Gates, others laud India's 'decisive action' in virus fight
A day after India approved two vaccines for restricted emergency use against the novel coronavirus, global leaders have come out in praise of India's leadership in scientific innovation and "decisive action" to combat the pandemic.
"It's great to see India's leadership in scientific innovation and vaccine manufacturing capability as the world works to end the COVID-19 pandemic," Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in a tweet on Monday, tagging the Prime Minister's Office.
The Drug Controller General of India on Sunday approved the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech, for restricted emergency use in the country, making way for a massive vaccination drive.
Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted that India "continues to take decisive action & demonstrate its resolve to end #COVID19 pandemic."
"As the world's largest vaccine producer, it's well placed to do so. If we #ACTogether, we can ensure effective & safe vaccines are used to protect the most vulnerable everywhere," Ghebreyesus said and tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet.
A day after India's drug regulator approved two vaccines for restricted emergency use, Prime Minister Modi said the world's biggest inoculation drive against coronavirus was set to begin in the country.
Praising the scientists and technicians for the "Made in India" vaccines, he said the country was proud of them. "World's biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme is set to begin in India. For this, the country is proud of the contributions of its scientists and technicians," PM Modi said.