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Meet to focus on vaccine cost

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HYDERABAD: The Developing Countries Vaccine Manufacturers' Network (DCVMN) will work for sharing intellectual properties and exchange of product knowledge, president of the organisation Akira Homma stated here on Tuesday.

They would also try to find ways to improve access to life saving vaccines to the majority by bringing down the cost of different vaccines and at the same time improving their quality. The network was providing two-thirds of vaccines used in the world, he noted.

Addressing a press conference on the eve of the 11 {+t} {+h} annual general body meeting and conference of the network, Mr. Homma said the agenda for the meeting included all issues related to development of new vaccines, improving the production quality and bringing down cost. They would interact with policy makers like UNESCO, WHO, ICMR, and Government of India on improving availability of vaccines to the majority.

Mr. Homma said the network was providing two-thirds of vaccines used in the world through Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation (GAVI).

According to WHO projections, the number of deaths averted as the result of GAVI support since 2000 was 5 million, he stated.

Mr. Krishna Ella, chairman and managing director of Bharat Biotech, the organisers of DCVMN conference, said the meet would also focus on innovations that would be area-specific. Citing an example, he stated that efforts were on to make vaccines for visceral leishmaniasis, prevalent mostly in Bihar, malaria, rabies, seasonal flu and others.

Side effects

On the side effects of vaccines, he said only manufacturers were blamed for problems, though it could be due to delivery system and storage facility.About 250 representatives from 14 countries in the network with 31 vaccine manufacturers were expected to participate in the conference, the DCVMN chief said.

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