Amid the reports that the COVID-19 vaccine for COVID-19 is unlikely, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave new hope to Indians and the world.
Modi held a special meeting with the taskforce on coronavirus vaccine development on May 05, 2020.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister has reportedly reviewed the country’s current status on areas of testing, diagnosis, drug discovery and vaccine development.
As PMO says, Indian vaccine companies are being innovative in the early stage of vaccine development research.
Indian academia and startups are also extending their support in the process.
As the sources say, around 30 companies are in some stage of vaccine development, while some are preparing for conducting trials.
“The problem of importing reagents for testing has been addressed by consortia of Indian startups and industry, meeting current requirements. The current thrust also holds promise for the development of a robust long-term industry in this area,” the PMO said in a statement.
The government has also scaled up capacities for RT-PCR and antibody detection across the nation.
Meanwhile, officials are closely watching India’s one of the biggest marketplaces in Chennai.
The Koyambedu market, with more than 500 shops in 250 acres, is adding to the authorities’ concerns.
Surprisingly, the marketplace remained open during the national lockdown and has seen many visitors as its the central food supply-chain for Tamil Nadu and neighboring states.
Finally, the authorities closed it on May 04, 2020 after detecting a COVID-19 case.
Now, the concern is tracing more than 7,000 people who had visited the marketplace when it was open.
Radhakrishnan, nodal officer for COVID-19 in Chennai, says they are in the process already and have placed most of them in quarantine.