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Modi lands in Hyderabad, to visit Bharat Biotech manufacturing facility

PTI Ahmedabad/Hyderabad | Updated on November 28, 2020 Published on November 28, 2020

: Prime Minister Narendra Modi   -  PTI

The Prime Minister is on a three-city visit to review ongoing coronavirus vaccine development work.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited pharma major Zydus Cadila’s manufacturing facility near Ahmedabad, as he began his three-city visit to review ongoing coronavirus vaccine development work.

“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,” Modi tweeted.

 

Wearing a PPE kit, Modi reviewed the vaccine development process at the Zydus Cadila research centre in Changodar industrial area, over 20 km from Ahmedabad.

 

Modi was extensively briefed about the vaccine development work at the plant by the company officials. He was briefed about the vaccine production procedure. He interacted with scientists and vaccine developers, an official said. Modi spent over an hour at the plant, before leaving for the airport, from where he left for Hyderabad at 11:40 AM.

Modi in Hyderabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Director General of Police and other officials after landing at the Hakimpet Air Force station in Hyderabad. He will be proceeding to Bharat Biotech’s facility located at Genome valley, a life sciences cluster about 20 km from the Air Force base, officials said.

Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, being developed byBharat Biotech in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Virologyis now undergoing phase-3 trials. The vaccine is being developed and will be manufactured at Bharat Biotech’s BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3) facility in Genome Valley in Hyderabad.

Modi will be interacting with scientists and senior management of the city-based vaccine maker onthe status of Covaxin, officials said.

The PM will be flying back to the national capital after a stopover in Pune, where he will visit the Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with pharma giant AstraZeneca and the Oxford University for the vaccine. Earlier in the morning, Modi visited Zydus Cadila’s plant near Ahmedabad.

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Published on November 28, 2020
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