New Delhi: A new oral cholera vaccine will soon be made available in . Representatives of the ministry of health, ministry of science and technology as well as UNESCO, UNICEF and WHO met to discuss how to make the vaccine available and accessible in India through the various programmes managed by the government.
The vaccine has been jointly developed by the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and Vietnamese manufacturer VaBiotech.
The IVI has transferred the production technology to Shantha Biotech Ltd and the low-cost oral vaccine meets international good manufacturing practice standards as well as World Health Organisation standards of production. It has been approved in after studies conducted in Kolkata and , which showed the vaccine to be safe and effective.
Dr. N K Ganguly, advisor, translational health science and technology institute and economic advisor to health minister said, “After 38 years of drought in cholera vaccination and cholera outbreaks no way abating, it is very heartening to know that there is an affordable orally administered vaccine available now.” He added that all the data generated from the studies on the vaccine will be submitted to the government so it can decide on how to use this vaccine — whether in the universal immunisation programme or as part of other vaccination programmes.