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Covid-19 vaccine: sent from 100 countries to visit Pune | India News

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PUNE: Ambassadors and envoys from 100 countries will visit Serum Institute of India and Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd here on Dec. 4 amid the coronavirus outbreak and the race for vaccines to fight the infection, a senior official said Tuesday.
Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao said there is a possibility that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also visit Pune, adding that “if the visit happens, it will be at the Serum Institute of India and Gennova Biphramaceuticals.”
The Central Medicines Standards Control Organization has granted license permission for the manufacture of the Covid-19 vaccine for preclinical testing, examination and analysis to seven companies, two of which are Serum Institute of India and Gennova Biopharmaceuticals.
The prime minister’s visit, if carried out, would be aimed at reviewing the status of the candidate vaccine for coronavirus infection and learning about its launch, production and distribution mechanisms, Rao said.
“We have not received any official communication from the PMO. However, we are making preparations for the likely visit (of the PM),” Rao told reporters.
He said the ambassadors’ visit was to take place on November 27, but has now been rescheduled for December 4.
The Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, has partnered with the global pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford for the Covid-19 vaccine.

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