PM Modi-Bill Gates discuss innovation and R&D to combat COVID-19


PM Shri Narendra Modi on 14 May, 2020 interacted with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair, Mr. Bill Gates via video conference. They discussed the global response to COVID-19 and the importance of global coordination on scientific innovation and R&D to combat the pandemic.

  • Shri Modi explained how 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.
  • Shri Modi also highlighted how some of the initiatives taken by Govt like financial inclusion, better health services, Swachh Bharat, utilizing Ayurvedic wisdom had helped increase the effectiveness of India’s response to Covid crisis.
  • PM appreciated the health related work done by Gates Foundation in India and sought suggestions from Mr. Gates on how India’s capacities and capabilities could be better leveraged for benefit of the world.