In 2017, Bill Gates and his Foundation were cut off and questions were raised about the Gates Foundation’s relationship with pharmaceutical companies and how it might influence vaccination policy.
Then why now he is allowed in India to set vaccine manufacturing unit? Why do we see such great support and welcome him? Is our government uninformed? Can we still rely on our government? In the name of climate change, what is the purpose of his visit again? Why is Bill interested in India’s banking system? What kind of downfall does he plan for India?
It is essential that Gates’ past crimes be revealed to the Indian public if they are to comprehend why governments continue to encourage him despite his multiple shortcomings.
The Centre has shut the gate on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a critical national health mission, and possible conflict of interest issues arising from the foundation’s “ties” with pharmaceutical companies is one of the reasons. Feb 09, 2017
All financial ties of the country’s apex immunisation advisory body, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), with the Gates Foundation have been cut off.
NTAGI Secretariat will be now fully funded by the central government, the health ministry confirmed to ET. NTAGI’s Secretariat was so far being serviced through the Gates Foundation-funded Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).
ET has learnt that the government’s decision was informed by, among other factors, arguments from senior medical professionals and outfits like Swadeshi Jagran Manch.
Concerns raised by members of the steering group of the National Health Mission and the Sangh-affiliated outfit centred around “conflict of interest issues” in the NTAGI-Gates Foundation relationship.
Influence on vaccination strategy
There were questions about the Gates Foundation’s ties with pharmaceutical companies and the possible influence this may have on the country’s vaccination strategy. Global Policy Forum, an independent policy watchdog that seeks to promote accountability in international organisations, raised some of these concerns in a study in December 2015.
The study, called ‘Philanthropic Power and Development -Who shapes the agenda?’, had cautioned on “the growing influence of the large global philanthropic foundations, especially the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on political discourse and agenda-setting in targeted fields, and fully analyze the risks and side effects — intended and unintended — of these activities on sustainable development”.
Gates Foundation spokesperson Sunil Raman confirmed that the NTAGI Secretariat had shifted out of ITSU. NTAGI member NK Arora and PHFI also confirmed the development.
Members of the steering group aren’t authorised to speak to the media. Swadeshi Jagran Manch’s national co-convener Ashwani Mahajan told ET, “We welcome this move by the government.
We have always said foreign influence in our domestic policies in any way must be avoided.” NTAGI will now be moved out to the full government-funded National Institute of Family Health and Welfare (NIFHW).