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PM Modi interacts with Bill Gates via video conferencing, discusses Covid-19 global response

Vishnu Vasisht

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 epidemic. During the video conference, Prime Minister Modi and Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, agreed that given India's willingness and ability to contribute to global efforts, it is important that coordination of response to the epidemic to include New Delhi in the global discussion.

Modi also underlined the conscious approach adopted by India in the fight against the pandemic.

The Prime Minister tweeted, "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."

 

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A government statement said that India's approach is based on engaging people through appropriate messaging. Modi explained how the mass-centric approach helped in acceptability of physical distancing, respect for personnel working on the front lines, wearing masks, maintaining proper hygiene and respecting the provisions of lockdown.

The Prime Minister also highlighted that some of the government's earlier development initiatives such as expanding financial inclusion, strengthening the supply till the last run of health services, popularizing hygiene and enhancing people's immunity to India's Ayurvedic knowledge has helped to increase the effectiveness of India's response against the epidemic.

PM Modi appreciated the work being done by the Gates Foundation, including coordinating the global response against Covid-19.

The prime minister also suggested that the Gates Foundation could take the lead in analysing the necessary changes in the post Covid world. Lifestyles, economic organisation, social behaviour, modes of disseminating education and healthcare, that will have a new approach once the epidemic is over.

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