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Fingerprint on the pulse: tech titan’s vision to vaccinate the whole planet

The biometrics wizard believes he can unlock the Covid conundrum – just don’t compare his firm with China

Robin Pagnamenta

Nandan Nilekani has never been afraid of dreaming big. The billionaire founder of Infosys is sitting in his home office in Bangalore talking about the future of humanity.

The first step to ending the pandemic naturally is to develop an effective coronavirus vaccine, he says. But once one exists, how will it be rolled out globally? What technology will be required to ensure that everyone can benefit as quickly and equitably as possible – from the streets of big cities like London and New York to the remotest corners of India, Africa or the Amazon?

Nilekani – a business visionary who built Infosys from a two-man band into a global technology and outsourcing giant worth R890bn – believes he has the answer and that India’s experience building a biometric identity card scheme for its population of 1.35 billion offers lessons for the world...

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