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India’s first indigenous pneumonia vaccine launched

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday launched the first indigenous vaccine against pneumonia, developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

The vaccine would be sold under the name ‘Pneumosil’ and would be available either as a single dose in a vial and pre-filled syringe or as multidose in vials.

The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) would be used to treat pneumonia in children and has been developed by SII in collaboration with other partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

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