COVID-19: PM Modi urges vaccine manufacturers to continue scaling up production
PM Modi has interacted with top vaccine manufacturers -- Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy's Labs, Gennova Biopharmaceuticals, Zydus Cadila, Biological E- via video conference on April 20.
April 21, 2021 / 07:30 AM IST
PM Modi holds virtual meet with vaccine manufacturers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during an interaction with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, urged them to continue ramping up the production of vaccines so that people can be vaccinated in the shortest possible time. Believing in the ability of vaccine manufacturers, Modi credited them for developing and manufacturing vaccines in record time.
Modi was interacting with top vaccine manufacturers - Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy's Labs, Gennova Biopharmaceuticals, Zydus Cadila, Biological E- via video conference on April 20.
The meeting comes a day after the Centre announced that all Indians above 18 years of age will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine from May 1.
On April 19, PM Modi held a series of discussions with top doctors and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry. He also had meetings with government officials and other stakeholders regarding the COVID-19 situation and vaccination drive.
There has been a strong public-private partnership in the entire vaccine development process, remarked Modi. He also said that the government ensured that all vaccine manufacturers not only get all possible help and logistic support, but also the process of vaccine approval is speedy and scientific.
Going forward, he has assured all possible support and smooth approval process for the vaccine candidates which are currently under trial phase.
The prime minister also emphasised the role the private healthcare sector has played in India's COVID-19 fight. He added in the coming days, the private sector will play an even more active role in the vaccination drive. This will require better coordination between hospitals and the industry, he noted.