The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) called it the “decade of vaccines”. In 2010, the foundation pledged some $10 billion to help research, develop and deliver vaccines in developing countries, including in India. It spent more in India—$282.5 million—in 2017 as compared to any other country, pouring all of it into building a supply chain and ensuring demand for vaccines in the country.
And now it wants to withdraw, leaving the Indian government to foot an enormous bill. This is one of the main reasons the government’s healthcare expenditure could shoot up in the coming years.