Contrary to popular belief, the “Swadeshi” Indian COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN maker Bharat Biotech was backed since its inception by Bill Gates and the international pharma lobby. Bharat Biotech is the first Indian company to receive massive grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for vaccine against Rotavirus called Rotavac. The vaccine was given green light by the authorities even before its trials were complete and its efficacy is mired in controversy till today with cases pending in the Supreme Court.
Birth of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
As the story goes, in 1996, Bill Gates read an article in the New York Times that sparked his passion for health. That moment was one of the factors that led him to co-found the Gates Foundation with his wife, Melinda
The story was about a disease he’d never heard of: Rotavirus. So, over the next twenty years, Bill Gates poured massive funding in a huge international collaboration between scientists and policy makers across the globe to create a vaccine for Rotavirus. The Bill Gates’ vaccine for Rotavirus was called Rotavac.