Three-city vaccine tour | PM Modi visits Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flew into Hakimpet air force station on the city’s northern outskirts to visit Bharat Bio-tech International Limited (BBIL), which is making a vaccine for COVID-19.

Mr. Modi was received by Telananga Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP M. Mahender Reddy, Hyderabad Collector Swetha Mohanty, Cyberabad Police Commissioner V.C. Sajjanar and the air station commandant. He then left for the Bharath Bio-tech vaccine manufacturing facility located in Genome Valley of Shamirpet.

After travelling 18 km by road in a convoy of vehicles amid tight security arrangements by police, Mr. Modi reached Bharat Bio-tech facility. After interacting with the scientists, Mr. Modi will return to Hakimpet air station and may then fly to Pune, official sources said.

Mr. Modi will review the development of COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin.

Bharat Biotech is developing Covaxin in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research. Phase III trials of the vaccine are under way.

Mr. Modi is in Hyderabad as part of a three-city whirlwind tour to take stock of COVID-19 vaccine work by three entities.

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