It was the first such visit and it would be followed by visits to facilities in other cities

64 heads of missions who were scheduled to visit India’s leading biotech companies engaged in the development of Covid-19 vaccines, reached Hyderabad on Wednesday. They visited Bharat Biotech and Biological E in the city.

Tweeting about it MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava wrote: “In a first, a visit of more than 60 Heads of Missions was arranged to the research and manufacturing facilities of the leading biotechnology companies, Bharat Biotech and Biological E in Hyderabad.

During the visit to Bharat Biotech, the company’s Chairman and Managing Director, Dr Krishna Ella had made presentation to the envoys on the development of vaccines and others.

The visit was in continuation of a briefing by India’s foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on India’s vaccine manufacturing capability and potential last month.

In the meanwhile, pharma companies Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech and Pfizer have sought emergency use authorization for their Covid-19 vaccine candidates from the country’s central drug regulator

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis.

On November 28, he had visited Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and Serum Institute of India in Pune to conduct an extensive review of the vaccine development and manufacturing process.