Prime Minister Narendra Modi took some time out from his busy schedule on Sunday to visit Pune-based Serum Institute of India, the largest manufacturer of vaccines in the world set up by Cyrus Poonawalla.
“He was very keen to see the Serum Institute, since it’s a big part of Make in India. He also came to encourage the Adar Poonawalla Clean City initiative since that, too, is a passion for him,” said Natasha Poonawalla, wife of the Serum Institute’s CEO Adar Poonawalla.
Modi visited the institute along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar. He spent about 15 minutes at the facility after arriving their at 7 pm.
The Prime Minister, who was on his way to Goa, stopped for a brief period in Pune and appreciated the facility that makes low cost vaccines to protect children from diseases like polio.
“The Prime Minister was appreciative that low cost vaccines were made to protect children. He encouraged us to make vaccines against diseases at affordable rates and make them available,” the institute’s CEO said.
He also posed for a photo with Poonawallas.