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India's Covid vaccine rollout 'rescued' the world: top US scientist

Mar 08, 2021 07:23 IST | By PTI

The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines by India in collaboration with leading global institutions has "rescued the world" from the deadly coronavirus, a top American scientist has said. Dr Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has emphasised that India's contributions in fighting the pandemic must not be underestimated.

India is called the pharmacy of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic with its vast experience and deep knowledge in medicine. The country is one of the world’s biggest drug-makers and an increasing number of countries have already approached it for procuring coronavirus vaccines.

Dr Hotez, during a recent webinar, said that the two mRNA vaccines may not impact the world's low and middle income countries, but India’s vaccines, made in collaboration with universities across the world such as BCM and the Oxford University, have “rescued the world” and its contributions must not be underestimated.

During the webinar, “Covid-19: Vaccination and Potential Return to Normalcy - If and When”, Dr Hotez, an internationally-recognised physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development, said that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is "India's gift' to the world in combating the virus.