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As India achieves major milestone, PM Modi to meet 7 Indian Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers today

The officials confirmed that representatives from seven vaccine makers including Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Biological E, Gennova Biopharma and Panacea Biotech will be participating in the meeting.
 

As India achieves major milestone, PM Modi to meet 7 Indian Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers today-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Oct 23, 2021, 11:35 AM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will meet seven Indian Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers, official sources said. This meeting comes in the wake of the country achieving the landmark of administering 100 crore doses of the jabs.

The officials confirmed that representatives from seven vaccine makers including Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Biological E, Gennova Biopharma and Panacea Biotech will be participating in the meeting.

Modi is likely to emphasise on ways to vaccinate eligible people in India as quickly as possible and also help other countries in inoculating their population as part of the mantra "vaccine for all", an official source said.

India on October 21 achieved a major feat in its vaccination programme against Covid-19 as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100-crore mark, resulting in celebratory events across various parts of the country.

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So far, India has administered a cumulative total of 101.30 crore vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

More than 75 per cent of India's adult population has received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, with nine states and union territories administering the first dose to all eligible people.

Over 31 per cent of the country's around 93 crore adults have been administered both the doses, according to health ministry officials.

So far, all adult population in nine states and union territories — Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Dadra and Nagar Haveli — have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine.

Currently three vaccines — Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Sputnik V — are being used in the country’s Covid vaccination drive.

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