World’s lowest dose-volume Rotavirus vaccine launched

An Indian vaccine manufacturer has rolled out the world’s lowest dose-volume rotavirus vaccine.

Published: 04th December 2019 11:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2019 11:54 AM   |  A+A-

vaccine

Image for representational purpose only. (File photo)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:   An Indian vaccine manufacturer has rolled out the world’s lowest dose-volume rotavirus vaccine. The vaccine was made available in the private markets of the country starting from Tuesday.Developed by Bharat Biotech, oral rotavirus vaccine ROTAVAC 5D- that can prevent rotavirus diarrhoea in young children, can be stored at 2-8 degree Celsius and be administered in just 5 drops. It was launched by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

The first generation, rotavirus vaccine, ROTAVAC by the company was developed under a public-private partnership with the Centre’s department of biotechnology and other international partners. It required a much lower temperature for storage and was also required in higher doses for full efficacy.

Krishna Ella, the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech said that the upgraded vaccine is cost-effective due to its efficacy and low cold chain footprint. As per World Health Organisation estimates, of India’s more than 23 lakh annual deaths among children, over 3.3 lakh deaths are attributable to diarrhoeal diseases. Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea in children in several developing countries including India.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which included rotavirus vaccine in its universal immunisation programme last year is also looking to expand the coverage to all states and Union Territories soon.For now, the government, however, will keep supplying the previous version of the rotavirus vaccine produced by Bharat Biotech due to cost and supply-chain issues.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp