Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had virtual meetings with the 3 teams working on developing and manufacturing vaccine for COVID-19. These teams were from Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd Pune, Biological E Ltd Hyderabad and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd Hyderabad.

The PM appreciated the efforts being taken by the scientists in these companies to come out with a vaccine solution to tackle COVID-19. The potential of various platforms for vaccine development was also discussed.

The PM also asked the companies to come out with their suggestions and ideas regarding the regulatory processes and related matters. He also suggested that they should take extra efforts to inform the general public in simple language about the vaccine and related matters such as its efficacy etc.

Matters relating to logistics, transport, cold chain etc in respect of delivering the vaccines were also discussed.

All the vaccine candidates discussed are at different stages of trials and detailed data and results are expected early next year onwards.

The PM advised all the departments concerned to engage with the manufacturers and seek to resolve matters so that the efforts by these companies bear fruit in order to serve the needs of the country and the entire world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, on Saturday, went on his three-city vaccine tour starting with pharma major Zydus Cadila’s plant in Gujarat, Maharashtra (Pune’s Serum Institute of India (SII)), and Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad’s Bharat Biotech) where pharmaceutical companies are into the preparation of the vaccine against Covid-19.