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HPV vaccine final report submitted

Aarti Dhar

NEW DELHI: The three-member committee, set up to look into alleged irregularities in the conduct of studies on use of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine by PATH in India, has submitted its final report to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

This information was given to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare by Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) V. M. Katoch at a meeting here on Friday. The members took on Dr. Katoch and made numerous queries over the cervical cancer prevention vaccine trial.

The interim report, submitted in November, identified deficiencies in the planning and implementation of the project that “led to the crisis requiring suspension of the study” but fell short of fixing responsibility on any individual or agency.

Dr. Katoch, who was carrying the voluminous final report with him to the meeting, told the committee members that the final report was received on Thursday and it was not much different from the interim report except that it had a large number of annexures. He told the members that the final report would be tabled before the Committee. The Committee has not been given even the interim report so far.

The Committee was set up on April 15 after the trials were suspended following reports of death of four girls in Andhra Pradesh.

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