India first in world to develop DNA vaccine for Covid: PM Modi tells UNGA

WION Web Team
NEW DELHIUpdated: Sep 26, 2021, 12:40 AM IST


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Speaking of vaccine development, PM Modi told the United Nations General Asssemly that India is also engaged in developing a nasal vaccine. India is the first in the world to develop a DNA vaccine

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, said that India developed the world's first DNA vaccine for Covid that can be given to everyone above 12 years of age. 

He also revealed that MrNA vaccine development in the country is at final stage.

Speaking of vaccine development, PM Modi also said that India is engaged in developing a nasal vaccine. "Come, make vaccine in India," PM Modi exhorted the world, during his address. 

Modi began his speech by paying respects to those who succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the world faced its worst pandemic in the last 100 years.


Speaking about COVID-19, PM Modi said that no matter which country the doctors, innovators of Indian origin live in, our democratic values inspire them to continue serving mankind. This is the spirit that we have seen amid COVID-19.

“Mr President, for the last one and a half years, the world has been grappling with the worst pandemic it has seen in 100 years. I pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives in this deadly pandemic and I express my condolences to their families,” Modi said.

"COVID-19 taught world that global economy should be more diversified," he said. 


Earlier, during the Global COVID-19 Summit, PM Modi had said, "India is now running the world’s largest vaccination campaign. Recently, we vaccinated about 25 million people in a single day. Our grassroots-level healthcare system has delivered over 800 million vaccine doses so far. Over 200 million Indians are now fully vaccinated."

"Earlier this year, we shared our vaccine production with 95 other countries, and with UN peacekeepers. And, like a family, the world also stood with India when we were going through a second wave. For the solidarity and support extended to India, I thank you all, "  Modi added.

"India has always seen humanity as one family. India’s pharmaceutical industry has produced cost-effective diagnostic kits, drugs, medical devices and PPE kits. These provide affordable options to many developing countries, " he said.