PM Modi visits Bharat Biotech Facility in Hyderabad to review Covaxin progress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visted Bharat Biotech’s facility in Hyderabad to review coronavirus vaccine development work. Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is undergoing phase-3 trials.

PM Narendra Modi, who tweeted about his visit to the Bharat Biotech facility, said he was briefed about the progress on the Covid-19 vaccine.

PM Modi also said that the team at Bharat Biotech facility is working closely working with ICMR to “facilitate speedy progress” of the coronavirus vaccine.

“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,” PM Modi said on Twitter.

Reacting to PM Narendra Modi’s visit, Bharat Biotech facility said: “The prime minister’s visit serves as a great inspiration to our team, and further reinforces our commitment towards scientific discovery, solving public health issues, and the nation’s fight against Covid-19.”

In a statement, Bharat Biotech facility said: “The Covaxin phase III trial is being conducted across India in 26,000 participants. The vaccine will be produced in the only-of-its-kind Biosafety Level 3 production facility in the world.”

On Saturday morning, PM Modi also visited pharma major Zydus Cadila’s plant near Ahmedabad to get information about its vaccine development. 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.

“Visited the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad to know more about the indigenous DNA based vaccine being developed by Zydus Cadila. I compliment the team behind this effort for their work. Government of India is actively working with them to support them in this journey,” PM Narendra Modi tweeted on his visit to Zydus Cadila’s plant near Ahmedabad.

As of November 28 till 4 pm, India has 4,54,940 active coronavirus cases, according to the latest figures released by the Union Health Ministry.

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