India's top medical research unit aims to launch the country's first vaccine against Kovid 19 due to disease This is hitting the country hard.
Some health experts see this as "unrealistic" ambition.
Critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi say it is a measure to help him earn points for political gain.
India, the world's third-worst affected country, to celebrate Independence Day Its 74th on August 15, when Modi will deliver a message to the people of India.
If a potential vaccine were ready at the time, his opponents feared the prime minister would make such an important announcement. Let him be popular among the voters.
As of July 9, the country had 767,296 Kovid 19 cases, while the death toll rose to 21,129.