WHO And UNICEF Laud Govt Efforts In Containing Polio Vaccine Contamination, Calls It Safe

The Times Of India reported that the vaccines had been manufactured by a Ghaziabad-based firm Biomed and had been administered to children in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana. ” Moreover, the agencies lauded the government’s efforts in withdrawing the contaminated vaccines and said, “immediate withdrawal of these vaccines demonstrates the commitment of the government to the health of children. India was officially declared to be “polio-free” by WHO in March 2014 while the type 2 strain in vaccines was withdrawn in 2016. The breach also puts to risk the health of babies born after April 2016, when the Type 2 vaccines were phased out worldwide and in India. According to LiveMint, the company was supplying polio vaccines only for the government-run immunisation programme and 50,000 vials of the contaminated vaccines may have already been used in the three abovementioned states.

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