“Mr. Bill Gates congratulated Biological E. on the science and innovation platform of the company that allows it to supply effective and affordable vaccines,” the company said in a statement.
“Our company is committed to manufacturing quality vaccines at prices that make them one of the most cost-effective investments in global health. We are very proud to support immunisation needs of the world’s poorest countries and supply life-saving vaccines to underprivileged children in the world,” said Mahima Datla, MD of Biological E after meeting Bill Gates.
His private one-day visit was kept secret for security reasons. The media and junior officials at ICRISAT were not informed. Gates arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in a private jet and reached ICRISAT at Patancheru in Medak district. He interacted with scientists and ICRISAT officials about various food security programmes. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding ICRISAT’s Village Dynamics Studies in South Asia, a project aimed at fighting hunger and alleviation of poverty in dry lands.