In light of inadequate supplies and inequitable distribution of vaccines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited global vaccine vaccine manufacturers to make vaccines in India. Addressing the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, he invited vaccine manufacturers around the world to make vaccines in India.
PM Modi highlighted India’s achievements and progress in COVID-19 vaccine development despite limited resources. “I want to give this information to UNGA that India has developed the world’s first DNA vaccine, which can be administered to all people above 12 years of age. Another mRNA vaccine is in its last phase of development. India’s scientists are also engaged in the development of a nasal vaccine for Coronavirus.”
The prime minister said the country lives by “Seva Paramo Dharma” (service is the main duty) and is engaged in vaccine development and manufacturing with full dedication. Underlining the government’s latest decision to resume export of anti-COVID jabs, Modi said understanding its responsibility towards humanity, India has once again started giving vaccines to the needy in the world.
It should be noted that Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila’s three-dose anti-COVID jab ZyCoV-D has got emergency use authorization for those above 12 years of age and Pune-based biotechnology firm Gennova Biopharmaceuticals is working on the country’s first mRNA-based COVID vaccine. Bharat Biotech is conducting trials with a nasal vaccine.
Meanwhile, India has achieved a milestone of administering 85 crore (85,60,81,527) vaccine doses. The recovery of 26,032 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients, since the beginning of the pandemic, to 3,29,02,351. While testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, weekly positivity rate at 1.98% remains less than 3% for the last 93 days now. The daily positivity rate reported to be 1.90%, and has remained below 3% for the last 27 days and below 5% for 110 consecutive days now.