Work on for producing immunisation shot for swine flu
Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 00:00

New Delhi: India is working towards production of an all-round vaccine for influenza apart from coming out with a specific immunisation shot for swine flu.

Briefing on the achievements of the first 100 days of
his ministry, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today
said that over the last three months the number of
laboratories testing for flu in the country has increased from
two to 53.

Out of the these 53, 34 are operational and data from
these labs would be used as the base for the creation of an
vaccine for common flu which is available in other countries.

"The government has given Rs 10 crore each to three
institutes who are developing the vaccine," he said.

Secretary, Department of Health Research V M Katoch
said four universities, including Delhi University and the
IITs in Mumbai and Delhi, were also researching on separate
strategies to develop an indigenous flu vaccine. The various
strategies involved using different basics like Bacteria or
Cekamic acid.

"India has never had a flu vaccine and that is why
Indian scientists have found it so difficult to develop a
swine flu vaccine so far as we did not have the backbone," he

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 00:00

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