PM Modi reviews India's progress in developing COVID-19 vaccine
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (May 5) reviewed the current situation of India towards the development of a vaccine for coronavirus. The PM took note of the extraordinary coming together of academia, industry, and government, combined with the speedy but efficient regulatory process, said an official statement.
PM Modi noted that the current speed and coordination must be implemented in our daily routine, as what can be achieved in crisis can be a part of our routine way of scientific functioning.
The Prime Minister appreciated the scientific coming together of computer science, chemistry, and biotechnology in drug discovery, and suggested that a hackathon be held on this subject, linking computer science to synthesis and testing in the laboratory.
"The successful candidates from the hackathon could be taken up by the start-ups for further development and scaling up," he said, adding that the innovative and original manner in which Indian scientists, from basic to applied sciences, have come together with industry is heartening.
"This kind of pride, originality, and sense of purpose should dominate our approach going ahead. It is only then that we can be amongst the best in the world and not followers, in science," Modi added.
Nearly, 30 different types of vaccines are under the process to cure coronavirus and some of them are even in the testing phase.