Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a strong pitch for the home-grown coronavirus vaccines, including the world’s first plasmid DNA and nasal vaccines. Addressing the UNGA in New York, PM Modi said, “India has already developed a DNA vaccine that can be administered to people aged 12 year and above. We are in the process of developing a mRNA vaccine.. We have also developed a nasal vaccine. We are providing vaccines to millions across the world.”
The DNA vaccine, ZyCoV-D, against the novel coronavirus is developed by the Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila. It is an ‘intradermal vaccine’ that is applied using a “needle-free system". The mRNA-based vaccine is being developed by Pune-based Gennova Pharmaceuticals. Known as HGC019, the vaccine is the result of a collaboration between Gennova and the US-based HDT Biotech Corporation.
The nasal vaccine, BBV154, is being developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. The clinical trials of the vaccine would be conducted in Delhi’s AIIMS soon.
The prime minister also asked vaccine manufacturers to come to India and develop Covid jabs. “India is heavily involved in vaccine development and manufacturing… I invite all vaccine manufacturers to come make vaccines in India,” he said.
PM Modi also mentioned CoWin in his address, saying how it is offering digital support to administer crores of coronavirus doses in a day.