Inching closer to the launch of the most-awaited COVID vaccine launch in India, Centre on Wednesday is flying more than 60 heads of foreign missions to Bharat Biotech and Biological E the two biotech companies that are working on a Covid-19 vaccine.
The development made in the progress made by scientists who are working on the vaccine will be briefed in the meeting which is supposed to be the follow-up to the November 6 briefing for the diplomatic corps in New Delhi. Visits to institutions engaged in Covid-19 related research and vaccine development programs is also a part of today’s schedule.
To recall, the foreign ministry had last month briefed diplomats from 190 countries and international organisations about the steps taken by India to control the disease. Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute of India and Pfizer India are the three companies to have sought emergency authorisation from the government for use of the Covid vaccine in the country.
It can be noted that the foreign ministry had earlier proposed to include Pune-based Serum Institute of India in the itinerary but later dropped the idea.