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Vaccine strategy to control encephalitis

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NEW DELHI: The Centre has decided to position vaccination as the key strategy to control Japanese Encephalitis, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said here on Thursday.

Speaking at the Global Alliance of Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) Partners Meeting, he said a number of vaccine manufacturers in India, both in the public and in the private sectors, were keen on developing new and quality vaccines and making them available for use in the developing world. Hence, he said, this session of GAVI was of particular interest to India as the member countries would realise the vaccine manufacturing capabilities in India and other developing countries. The Minister pointed out that phase-I of GAVI saw rapid expansion of hepatitis B vaccination and injection safety across the globe in 72 countries. Moving into phase-II with this plenary, the GAVI will see the merger of the Vaccine Fund with the Alliance, as well as the resources for immunisation services expanding four times over. This phase will also witness new funding mechanisms to strengthen and expand delivery of immunisation services to the children.

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