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Prime Minister Modi arrives in Ahmedabad to review the development of Zydus Cadila’s coronavirus vaccine

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed here on Saturday as part of his visit to three cities to review coronavirus vaccine development work at the facilities there, an official said.

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From the airport, Modi went to the plant of the main pharmaceutical Zydus Cadila near Ahmedabad to obtain information on the development of his vaccine, the official said.

The plant is located in the Changodar industrial zone, more than 20 km from Ahmedabad. Modi will be at the plant for an hour, starting at 9:30 a.m., the official said.

Zydus Cadila has announced that the phase I clinical trial of its vaccine candidate ZyCoV-D has ended and phase II clinical trials have begun as of August.

From Ahmedabad, Modi will fly to Hyderabad, where he plans to visit the facilities of the vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech.

After landing at Hakimpet Air Force Station, Modi will arrive at the Bharat Biotech facility in Genome Valley at 1.30pm.

The facility is about 50 km from Hyderabad.

Covaxin from Bharat Biotech is undergoing phase 3 trials.

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After his one-hour visit to the facility, the prime minister will head to Pune, where he will visit the Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with global pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University for the vaccine.

The prime minister will arrive at the Serum Institute campus around 4:30 p.m., an official said.

Modi’s one-hour visit to IBS aims to review the status of the candidate vaccine for coronavirus infection and learn about its launch, production and distribution mechanism, he said.

The prime minister will fly back to Delhi in the evening, the official said.

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