NEW DELHI: On October 19, 2020, the Grand Annual Meeting 2020 will be conducted via video conference. The meeting will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on the same day. During the inaugural function, PM Modi is said to deliver a keynote address at the inaugural function.

For 15 years the Grand Annual Meeting has promoted international innovation collaborations to deal with the biggest challenges in health and development. This year, the meeting will summon from October 19 to October 21. The meeting is said to highlight the issues faced due to COVID-19 and the solutions to combat such difficulties. The main agenda of the meeting is ‘India for the World’.

Around 1600 people from over 40 countries will attend the meeting. The participants for the meeting include world leaders, prominent scientists, and researchers across the globe. The three-day meeting will include feature talks, panel discussions, and virtual informal conversations on a wide range of topics. Some of the topics include are scientific I interventions for fighting the pandemic, managing the pandemic, and accelerating the development and implementation of global solutions to combat the global pandemic.

During the inaugural function, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences will also deliver the opening remarks. Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will present the plenary framing conversation. The meeting will be co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, the Indian Council of Medical Research and NITI Aayog, along with the Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development and Wellcome.

In 2012, Grand Challenges India was set up as a partnership of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Wellcome also joined the partnership. Grand Challenges India works across a range of health and developmental priorities ranging from agriculture, nutrition, sanitation, maternal and child health to infectious diseases.

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