This Google Doodle was created by guest artist Tatsuro Kiuchi, according to information listed on the Doodle’s webpage. The artist had stated that he was unaware of Takahashi’s contribution when he was approached for creating the Doodle. In a statement to Google, Kiuchi hoped that people would understand the underlying message of his Doodle that “vaccines might help overcome a disease and change the world”.

The Doodle commemorating Dr Michiaki Takahashi’s birth anniversary will be visible in about 80 countries, including India, United States, Brazil and Russia.