Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said there were requests from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar and Bhutan for clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine.
Three vaccines are at the advanced stages of development in India and two of them are in Phase II and one is in Phase-III.
In an effort to help the global community, Modi directed that they should not limit their efforts to their immediate neighbourhood but also reach out to the entire world in providing vaccines, medicines and IT platforms for the vaccine delivery system.
The Indian prime minister on Saturday reviewed the COVID-19 pandemic situation in his country and the preparedness of vaccine delivery, distribution, and administration, according to the Press Information Bureau of India.
The meeting was attended by union health minister Harsh Vardhan, principal secretary to PM, member (health) NITI Aayog, principal scientific advisor, senior scientists, officers of PMO, and other departments of the Indian government.
The Prime Minister noted the steady decline in the daily COVID-19 cases and growth rate.
He appealed for social distancing, COVID-appropriate behaviour, and self-restraint in the upcoming festival season.
Modi called upon the scientific fraternity and industry, including IT industry and academia of India, to work for the entire mankind.
National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) in consultation with State governments and all relevant stakeholders have prepared and presented a detailed blueprint of vaccine storage, distribution, and administration.
The Expert Group in consultation with the States is working actively on vaccine prioritisation and distribution of vaccine.
Modi directed that keeping in view the geographical span and diversity of the country, the access to the vaccine should be ensured speedily.
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