Dr Harsh Vardhan lauds CSIR-CDRI for researching affordable drugs
Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, CSIR- Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) has championed the cause of affordable drugs and has given the world breakthrough molecules like Centchroman amongst others.
Addressing the 70th Annual Day celebrations of CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow through video-conferencing, he said the contribution of the Institute has been immense, not only in terms of drugs it gave to the human kind but also in terms of quality fundamental research and human resource development.
The Minister highlighted that CSIR-CDRI with its talented team, participated in the fight against COVID-19 through its multi-pronged approach. He informed that as of today, 90 lakh doses of vaccines have been administered in India and the country is supplying vaccines to 23 countries and 40 countries in all have requested the vaccine.
He said, the institute established COVID testing laboratory within a record time of two months and took complete charge of testing from two districts of the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Minister added that the Indian scientists are taking forward the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in building an Atma Nirbhar Bharat and a New India.