December 04, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday ended his three city visit
to personally review the development and manufacturing process for
Covid-19 vaccine being done by various pharma companies. He visited
the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and
Serum Institute of India in Pune.
"The scientists expressed joy that the Prime Minister met them face to
face in order to boost their morale and help accelerate their efforts
at this critical juncture in the vaccine development journey. Prime
Minister expressed pride in the fact that India’s indigenous vaccine
development has progressed at such a rapid pace so far. He spoke on
how India is following sound principles of science in the entire
journey of vaccine development, while also asking for suggestions
to make the vaccine distribution process better," said Prime Minister's
Office in an official release.
The Prime Ministers underlined that India views vaccines not only as
essential for good health, but also as a global good, and that it has
a duty to help other countries, including our neighbours, in the
collective fight against the virus, PMO added.
He asked the scientists to express their free and frank opinion on
how the country could further improve its regulatory process. The
scientists also presented an overview of how they are also developing
various new and repurposed drugs to better fight Covid-19. Modi began
her lightning journey Saturday morning by visiting Zydus Biotech Park
in Ahmedabad to learn more about the indigenous DNA-based vaccine
developed by Zydus Cadila.
Modi spent over an hour at the plant, before leaving for the airport,
from where he left for Hyderabad at 11.40 am. Modi landed at Hakimpet
Air Force station near Hyderabad around 1 pm and proceeded to pharma
major Bharat Biotech's vaccine manufacturing facility at Genome valley,
located around 20 km from the air station, by road.
Modi tweeted: "At the Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad, was briefed
about their indigenous COVID-19 vaccine. Congratulated the scientists
for their progress in the trials so far. Their team is closely working
with ICMR to facilitate speedy progress."
At the facility, he reviewed the progress of Covaxin, a vaccine candidate
being developed by the company. He also interacted with Bharat Biotech
Chairman and Managing Director Krishna Ella, scientists and senior
At 3.20 pm, Modi took off for Pune, where he landed at 4.30 pm. From
the airport, Modi proceeded by helicopter to the Serum Institute of
India (SII) at Manjari, located 17 km from the airport.
From Hyderabad, Modi went to Serum Institute of India in Pune.
"Had a good interaction with the team at Serum Institute of India.
They shared details about their progress so far on how they plan to
further ramp up vaccine manufacturing. Also took a look at their
manufacturing facility," said Modi on Twitter.
Modi's visit to Zydus Cadila's manufacturing facility near Ahmedabad
where a coronavirus vaccine is being developed was encouraging, the
pharma major said.
Modi was extensively briefed about the vaccine work at the plant
by the company officials. He was briefed about the vaccine production
procedure. He interacted with scientists and vaccine developers, an
"Today, honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modiji visited our Zydus
Biotech park. This visit has encouraged us in doing more and doing
fast," the company's Chairman Pankaj Patel said in a video
"His knowledge, wisdom about the problem, and his guidance have been
valuable for our scientific staff and for all of us," Patel