Vaccine, therapeutic drug development for COVID-19 going on: DRDO chairman

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is working on a vaccine and therapeutic drugs, while also making sanitiser, special masks and protective gear to combat COVID-19, its chairman G Satheesh Reddy said.

Reddy said the DRDO, a government agency charged with the military’s research and development, has made and distributed over five lakh bottles of sanitizer so far and was producing 30,000 masks daily and the capacity would go up to 60,000 soon.

The DRDO is making special N-99 masks, besides personal protective gear for chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear-related activities, and working on software, including one that will track people under quarantine.

He shared the various initiatives and activities being conducted by the DRDO to tackle the spread of COVID-19 during a video conference with a private university here on Thursday.

“Lot of efforts are going on to make therapeutic medications. The entire nation is contributing and DRDO plunged into activities right from day one taking up the cause,” Reddy, also the Secretary to the Department of Defence Research and Development, said.

“We started by preparing sanitiser at our labs in Gwalior and Delhi with our own formulations and we are working with industries also. More than five lakh sanitizer bottles have been distributed across the country. Labs across the country have been given the formulations who are further producing them locally,” he said during the webinar organised by the Amity University, Noida.

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