International Vaccine Institute and Bharat Biotech launch Phase II and III trials for chikungunya vaccine

Source: Indian Express What is the news? A multi-country Phase II / III clinical trial of a vaccine led by the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) in partnership with Bharat Biotech International Ltd (BBIL) has begun in Costa Rica. Read more: World may soon get a vaccine against Chikungunya What is Chikungunya? It is a viral disease transmitted… Continue reading International Vaccine Institute and Bharat Biotech launch Phase II and III trials for chikungunya vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines: Too many hurdles, still

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Vaccination is the only way we can control the pandemic. Synopsis: The road to complete vaccination in India is riddled with various challenges. Where we are going wrong and what can be done! Background Here is how things have gone so far wrt vaccination drive in India: Development of indigenous… Continue reading COVID-19 vaccines: Too many hurdles, still

Need to work with country on vax passport | CoWin platform is an inclusive system

Relevance: Few key points related to CoWIN platform   Synopsis: India’s online vaccination platform CoWin has come a long way. With the return to centralized vaccine procurement beginning 21 June, the government is constantly fine-tuning the platform for the mass adult immunization drive.  Key points:  Addressing the rural-urban divide: About 53% of vaccine doses given in the country are in rural India,… Continue reading Need to work with country on vax passport | CoWin platform is an inclusive system

First indigenous vaccine for infant pneumonia approved

News: The Drug Controller General of India(DCGI) has approved the first fully indigenously developed conjugate vaccine for pneumonia developed by the Serum Institute of India,Pune. Facts: Pneumonia: It is an infection in one or both lungs.The infection causes inflammation in the air sacs in your lungs which are called alveoli.The alveoli fill with fluid or… Continue reading First indigenous vaccine for infant pneumonia approved

Why diphtheria is a concern: long-time vaccine, yet rising recent numbers

This season’s first death due to diphtheria in Delhi has caused an alarm with doctors assessing their preparedness. This death took place in spite of the diphtheria vaccine is among the oldest vaccines in India’s Universal Immunisation Programme. Diphtheria is an infectious disease caused by Corynebacterium diphtheria,a bacterium.The primary infection is in the throat and… Continue reading Why diphtheria is a concern: long-time vaccine, yet rising recent numbers