New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived at Gujarat’s Ahmedabad as part of his three-city visit to personally review coronavirus vaccine development and manufacturing process. Wearing a PPE kit, PM Modi visited the Zydus Biotech Park, where ZyCoV-D is being developed. He was welcomed by the pharmaceutical company’s chairman Pankaj Patel and his son and the company’s MD Sharvil Patel. Modi also had a chat with Sharvil Patel’s children. Also Read - Israeli Rabbi Makes Bizarre Claim, Tells His Followers That COVID-19 Vaccine Will Turn People Gay
The Prime Minister spent over an hour at the plant, during which he held discussions with the promoters and executives of the company. Also Read - PM Modi Performs Bhoomi Pujan of Ahmedabad, Surat Metro Rail Projects | All You Need to Know
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. The Prime Minister is expected to spend around two hours at the Zydus Cadila plant. Also Read - Coronavirus Vaccine Side-Effects: Don't Freak Out if You Experience These Issues in Your Body After Getting Vaccinated
PM Modi will also visit the Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad, where a country-made COVID-19 vaccine is being developed.
Later in the day, he will depart for Pune, where will visit the Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and the Oxford University for the COVID-19 vaccine. The firm has been given the contract of producing one billion doses for India and other developing countries.
Notably, PM Modi’s visit to three cities comes days after he advised the state governments to establish cold storage facilities for the COVID-19 vaccine beforehand.
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, an official said. The PM will fly back to Delhi in the evening.