New Delhi: After reviewing Zydus-Cadila and Bharat Biotech vaccine candidates in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Pune on Saturday evening on the last leg of his three-city visit to review coronavirus vaccine development in India. Also Read - 2 Dead After Receiving Jab, 5 Others Develop Severe Adverse Impacts, Centre Says Not Linked To Vaccine
After landing at Pune airport around 4.30 pm from Hyderabad, Modi proceeded to the Serum Institute of India (SII) by helicopter. Also Read - With 161 Fresh Cases, Delhi Records Lowest COVID Infections in Over 8 Months
Modi’s visit to SII is aimed at reviewing the progress of the vaccine candidate for coronavirus infection and to know about its launch, production and distribution mechanism, an official said. Also Read - PM Modi Performs Bhoomi Pujan of Ahmedabad, Surat Metro Rail Projects | All You Need to Know
Serum Institute of India has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University for the vaccine.
Modi began his vaccine development review tour by visiting pharma major Zydus Cadila’s manufacturing facility near Ahmedabad at 9.30 am.
Modi spent over an hour at the plant, before leaving for Hyderabad, where he visited vaccine maker Bharat Biotech’s facility.
He will fly back to Delhi from Pune in the evening, the official said.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI)