Government of India launches Rotavirus Vaccine Introduction Book

May 10th, 2020 | News


JSI has been providing technical assistance to the rotavirus vaccine introduction in India since 2015. In March 2016, India introduced a locally developed rotavirus vaccine in four states. By the end of 2019, coverage had been extended to the entire country. JSI India released a coffee table bookRotavirus Vaccine, The India Story—to commemorate the journey, from the discovery of the newborn strain of rotavirus to the development and introduction of the vaccine. 

This book captures India’s fascinating and inspiring journey of discovering, developing, and delivering the rotavirus vaccine to the world’s largest birth cohort through the world’s largest immunization programme, to stimulate actions for the present and synthesize learnings for future…”  – Introduction, Rotavirus Vaccine, The India Story


The Health Ministry has drawn plan under the 100-day agenda of the newly-elected government, wherein it has been decided to provide Rotavirus vaccine to every child across all 36 States and Union Territories (UTs) by September 2019.” -Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India


Finally, it’s significant that this new vaccine was derived from an Indian strain, identified by an Indian scientist, developed by an Indian company, studied in Indian populations, with support from the Indian government. It’s likely the first entirely new vaccine developed in India in over 100 years!” – Dr. Roger I. Glass

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