PM reviews the Covid-19 vaccine development of 3 pharma companies virtually

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had virtual meetings with the teams of three companies developing potential Covid-19 vaccine on Monday. The three teams belong to the companies – Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd based in Pune, Biological E Ltd and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories based in Hyderabad, as per the statement released by Prime Minister’s Office.

The statement stated, “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 statement further added, “PM also asked the companies to come out with their suggestions and ideas regarding the regulatory processes and related matters.”

Modi gave a recommendation to the companies regarding having a vaccine outreach initiative which would clear any myths or doubts among the general public. The statement stated, “He 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.”

In the virtual meeting, various topics associated to vaccine development were discussed which includes logistics, transport, cold chain, etc. The potential vaccines of the companies are under different phases of clinical trials from one to three, and it is expected that the intricate data and reports from the trials will be released by early 2021.

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories have collaborated with Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine developers for conducting phase two/three clinical trials for vaccine candidate Sputnik V in India.

Alongside, Biological E’s vaccine candidate is also under phase one/two clinical trials, whereas Gennova Biopharmaceuticals is all geared up for testing its potential Covid-19 vaccine candidate.

Earlier, on Saturday, PM Modi had visited three cities for physically reviewing three companies which are at an advanced stage for Covid-19 vaccine candidate – Zydus Cadila in Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and Serum Institute of India in Pune.

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