Now two indigenously developed vaccine candidates for Covid-19, one by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and another one by Zydus Cadila Ltd, are undergoing phase 2 of human clinical trials.
The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, NITI Aayog member, Principal Scientific Advisor, senior scientists, officers of PMO, and other government departments. Indian Scientists and Research Teams are collaborating and strengthening the research capacities in neighbouring countries namely Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Modi called for "speedy access" to the vaccine when it is ready, while also directing officials to keep in mind the "geographical span and diversity" of India in planning the logistics and delivery.
"Vaccine delivery should involve the participation of states/ UTs/ district level functionaries, civil society organisations, volunteers, citizens, and experts from all necessary domains". The Prime Minister said that our efforts should not be limited to our immediate neighbourhood but also reach out to the entire world in providing vaccines, medicines and IT platforms for vaccine delivery system.
The Prime Minister was briefed about the steady decline in the daily Covid cases and growth rate.
The prime minister concluded by cautioning against complacency at the decline and keeping up efforts to contain the pandemic.
Prime Minister's Office in a statement said, two Pan India studies on the Genome of SARSCoV-2 (Covid-19 virus) in India conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Bio-Technology suggest that the virus is genetically stable and there is no major mutation in the virus.
He said that vaccine delivery and administration systems should be put in place in a similar manner.
National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 in consultation with State Governments and all relevant stakeholders presented a detailed blueprint of vaccine storage, distribution, and administration. Chairing a high-level meeting to take stock of the Covid-19 situation and preparedness for vaccine delivery and administration, the PM stressed the entire process should have a strong IT backbone and the system should be created to have a lasting value on the healthcare system. "He insisted on continued social distancing, Covid appropriate behaviour such as wearing the mask, regularly washing hands and sanitation etc, especially in the wake of upcoming festival season", the statement said. India reported 62,212 new Covid-19 cases and 837 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Saturday.