Six Union Ministers given H1N1 vaccine at AIIMS

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 21:20

New Delhi: Six Union ministers took a shot
of the H1N1 vaccine developed in India -- Vaxiflu-S -- at
the All India Institute of Medical Sciences today.

Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal, minister of state for
health Dinesh Trivedi, minister of state for health S
Gandhiselvan, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek
Ahluwalia, minister of state for Agriculture, Consumer
Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas and Union
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj C P Joshi
were the ministers who got themselves vaccinated.

"Six Union ministers undertook vaccination at AIIMS. All
these ministers were present at AIIMS for a meeting related to
the National Rural Health Mission. Doctors from Safdarjung
hospital gave the vaccine doses that they brought from their
hospital," sources said.

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was the first to get
take the H1N1 vaccine shot on June 4.

Indigenously developed by Zydus Cadila, this vaccine was
made from an H1N1 strain given by the World Health
Organisation.

Swine flu has killed more than 15 people in the city and
more than 350 people have tested positive for the deadly virus
till now this year.

Despite the WHO declaring last week that the global swine
flu scare was over, there has been a rise in number of cases
in New Delhi in the past fortnight.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 21:20

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