New Delhi: According to reports, PM Narendra Modi is expected to take on a three-city visit to Ahmadabad, Pune, and Hyderabad on Saturday (28 Nov. 2020). The tour is planned to check on the status of vaccines being developed by three companies and to plan various aspects such as launch, production, costs, and distribution mechanisms.
The three vaccine candidates that are on the radar are in the development process by these firms:
- Zydus Cadila also called Cadila Healthcare Limited – “ZyCoV-D”
- Bharat Biotech International Limited – “Covaxin”
- Serum Institute of India (world’s largest vaccine manufacturer) – “Covishield”
Date: 28 Nov. 2020
The visit will start from Zydus Biotech Park. The Prime Minister is expected to arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport around 9:00 AM. Then he will head towards Changodar where Zydus Cadila’s Vaccine Technology Centre is located by a chopper.
The second visit is expected to Pune where PM Modi will visit the Serum Institute of India – the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer where he will check on the status of the vaccine, including its launch, production, and distribution mechanisms.
From there, PM Modi will travel to Hyderabad to visit Bharat Biotech’s facility where the indigenous vaccine Covaxin is being developed.
Also, according to company officials, the Serum Institute of India had earlier invested USD 100 million on a potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed at Oxford University. “Our manufacturing facility is ready and we plan to start production in two months. We are spending more than USD 100 million on this facility. Till the trials are completed successfully for safety and efficacy, vaccines will not be distributed either in India or anywhere else in the world,” Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India (SII), told in June 2020.
“It is not yet decided whether there will be one, two, or three doses of vaccine. Their prices are also not decided. We don’t have answers to such questions right now as there are different people in the world making it. The corporate world is involved, there is competition among them, countries have their diplomatic interests, have to wait for WHO also,” PM Modi said in a recent meeting with the chief ministers.