India’s Health Minister J.P. Nadda says every vaccine introduced in the country undergoes a rigorous testing and licensing process and makes it to the country’s immunisation programme list only after a thorough review by a technical advisory group. This is followed by approvals by two other committees closely involved with the mission to protect children from preventable diseases. Factors such as the disease burden, the epidemiology of a particular vaccine-preventable disease, vaccine availability and its cost effectiveness are also taken into account. There is no external influence from multinationals and foreign philanthropic institutions.
Read more about Nadda’s defense of vaccines as life-saving tools for India’s children and the government’s plans to increase the success rate of immunisation drives in this interview with Sushmi Dey of the Times of India, here: