PM Modi to review vaccine development at facilities in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune

PM Modi to review vaccine development at facilities in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune on Saturday to review coronavirus vaccine development work at facilities there, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Friday.

The PMO tweeted, "Tomorrow, PM Narendra Modi will embark on a 3 city visit to personally review the vaccine development and manufacturing process. He will visit the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and Serum Institute of India in Pune."

"As India enters a decisive phase of the fight against Covid-19, PM @narendramodis visit to these facilities and discussions with the scientists will help him get a first-hand perspective of the preparations, challenges and roadmap in India's endeavour to vaccinate its citizens," the PMO further said.

PM Modi will first visit pharma major Zydus Cadila's plant near Ahmedabad to get information about its vaccine development, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.

PM Modi will then reach the plant located in the Changodar industrial area -- over 20 km from Ahmedabad -- around 9.30 am, an official said.

Zydus Cadila had announced that the phase-I clinical trial of its vaccine candidate ZyCoV-D was over and it has commenced phase-II clinical trials from August.

PM Modi will then fly to Hyderabad where he is scheduled to visit drugmaker Bharat Biotech's facility, an official said.

 

After landing at Hakimpet Air Force station, PM Modi will reach Bharat Biotech's facility at Genome Valley at 1.30 pm. The facility is around 50 km from Hyderabad. Currently, Bharat Biotech's vaccine candidate Covaxin is undergoing phase-3 trials.

After his hour-long visit to the facility, PM Modi will proceed to Pune, where he will visit the Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and the Oxford University for the vaccine. PM Modi will reach the Serum Institute campus around 4.30 pm, an official said.

PM Modi's hour-long visit to SII is aimed at reviewing the status of the vaccine candidate for coronavirus infection and to know about its launch, production and distribution mechanism, PTI quoted the official as saying.

PM Modi will fly back to Delhi in the evening, the official said.