Hyderabad, July 3 (NSS): Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Krishna Reddy today hailed the role played by prime minister Narendra Modi during the Covid-19 pandemic. Stating that the pandemic has brought with it a lot of challenges, he said that Under the proactive and visionary leadership of the Prime Minister , the Union Government had taken a number of effective and timely steps to address these challenges. He said that One such step was the ambitious mission to develop
India’s own vaccination for Covid-19.
“The scientists and the researchers displayed exemplary commitment in developing India’s own cost-effective vaccine in a short time which has helped in saving many precious lives. This increased focus on vaccine production has also necessitated the requirement of more number of Vaccine Testing Laboratories in the country. At present, there are two Vaccine Testing Laboratories in the country
namely, the Central Drug Laboratory situated at Kasauli and National Institute of Biologicals situated at Noida.
In addition to this, funds have been released from the PMCARES Fund on March 6, 2021 for establishing two more Vaccine Testing Laboratories, one at National Centre for Cell Science, Pune and the other one at National Institute of Animal Biotechnology in Hyderabad under the Department of Biotechnology,” he said. The minister also said that commencement of operations of the Vaccine Testing Laboratory at Hyderabad was expected in next one month and added that Considering the fact that the city of Hyderabad is home to many big pharma companies, Covid-19 vaccine production companies and the concerned R&D institutions, the setting up of a new Vaccine Testing Laboratory at Hyderabad was a big step forward towards the comprehensive development of this sector which will also boost the production of Covid-19 vaccines.