India explores ‘heat-proof’ vaccines to stop vital medicines going to waste

Thursday, April 30, 2015

As India is witnessing wastage of at least 50 per cent of vaccines stocked by various healthcare agencies owing to heat exposure, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSO) has decided to explore the idea of developing thermostable vaccines.

According to experts, such vaccines will be ideal for a country like India where vaccine distribution takes several months.

“We are examining a proposal made by Hilleman Laboratories, a global vaccine research and development organisation. According to them, vaccines could be stored completely without the help of cold chain, all the way from manufacturers to vaccination fields,” said Dr G.N. Singh, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

Source: Daily Mail (link opens in a new window)

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