Amid Covid-19 surge, PM Modi urges top pharma leaders to ensure seamless supply chains
The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the top pharmaceutical industry leaders to increase seamless supply chains. He assured that the government will facilitate logistics and transportation whenever required.
He interacted with pharma leaders via video conferencing. The meeting came amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in the country. India recorded more than 2.5 lakh active cases in the last 24 hours.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister urged the industry to conduct more and more research on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.
Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that the government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.
The Prime Minister also appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.
PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as the ‘pharmacy of the world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic.
The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 per cent in exports last year, which shows its potential.
Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir.
The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help and support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels.
The participants also shared inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs.
The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.