Microsoft founder Bill Gates has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “leadership” and “proactive measures” that has helped India flatten the COVID-19 curve.
In a letter to PM Modi, Bill Gates lauded the Modi government for launching the Aarogya Setu digital app for coronavirus tracking and ensuring adequate social protection for every section of the society.
“We commend your leadership and the proactive measures you and your government have taken to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 infection rate in India, such as adopting a national lockdown, expanding focused testing to identify hot spots for isolation, quarantining, and care, and significantly increasing health expenditures to strengthen the health system response and promote R&D and digital innovation,” Bill Gates wrote.
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“I’m glad your government is fully utilizing its exceptional digital capabilities in its COVID-19 response and has launched the Aarogya Setu digital app for coronavirus tracking, contact tracing, and to connect people to health services. Grateful to see that you’re seeking to balance public health imperatives with the need to ensure adequate social protection for all Indians,” he added.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has urged world leaders to unite in a global response to Covid-19 in order to ensure equitable access to diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines.
“It is increasingly clear that the world’s response to this pandemic will not be effective unless it is also equitable,” Gates Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates said.