Saturday, 04 December 2021

Prime Minister Modi meets Indian Covid Vaccine Maker

Prime Minister Modi meets Indian Covid Vaccine Maker

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Indian Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers, who said his leadership was a critical factor in India administering 100 crore doses of the jabs in just about nine months.

During the meeting, PM discussed various issues, including furthering the vaccine research, sources said.

Representatives from seven vaccine makers — Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Biological E, Genova Biopharma, and Panacea Biotech — participated in the meeting.

Following the meet, Adar Poonawalla of Serum Institute of India credited Modi’s vision for the milestone and discussed how to take the industry ahead and prepare for a future pandemic to continue to build up the size.

He said.

“All over world now, countries are going to finance in vaccines production and India needs to stay and lead. We talk over how to do that together with government and industry,”

His father, Cyrus Poonawalla, said,

“Had it not been for him and drive the health ministry, today India would not have able to make a billion dosage. There is no doubt in my mind.”

The Prime minister was happy that the guarantee given by Serum Institute that it would make India self-sufficient vaccines at the lowest possible price in the world was fulfilled.

He added.

“The PM went out of the way and made regulatory people move very fast and they also cooperated,”

Pankaj Patel of Zydus, vaccine maker, said Modi was the “biggest factor” in developing the DNA-based Covid-19 vaccines.
He praises PM for his encouragement and support and mentions the DNA vaccine at his address at the United Nations.

Mansukh Mandaviya Union Health Minister and Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar were also present.

As per the recent data from the health ministry, the cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country have exceeded 101.30 crores.

On October 21, India achieved a significant milestone in its vaccination program against Covid-19. The increasing vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100-crore mark, resulting in celebratory events across various parts.

After the meeting, Krishna Illa of Bharat Biotech, the manufacturer of Covaxin, said reaching the milestone of 100 crore doses was not easy. Still, Modi was determined to make it, and he converted all the initial “negativity” into an opportunity.

Ella said.

“He made it happen. I think that is the greatest thing a leader can do for any country,”

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Bharat Biotech’s Joint Managing Director Suchitra Ella, also present in the meeting, thanked the PM for the interaction.

She tweeted.

“Thanks to PMO for the invitation, thought-provoking interaction and insights to make Indian biopharma companies prepare ahead for leadership in global innovation and manufacturing,”

SII CEO Adar Poonawalla also tweeted, “The vaccine industry and I, thank you Shri @narendramodi Ji, for an excellent interaction. We feel energised and encouraged by the vision you have laid out for the industry.” More than 75 percent of India’s adult population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with union territories and nine states administering the first dose to all eligible people.

According to health ministry officials, over 31 percent of around 93 crore adults have been administered both doses.

So far, all adult population in union territories and nine states — Lakshadweep, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Dadra, and Nagar Haveli have received at least one dose.

Three vaccines — Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, and Sputnik V — are currently being used in the country’s Covid vaccination drive.

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