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India likely to have H1N1 vaccine by Sept
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NEW DELHI: India could have its own indigenous vaccine against H1N1 influenza by September. Among three India companies, Serum Institute, Bharat
Biotech and Panacea, working towards producing this India-specific vaccine, two have assured the health ministry that the vaccine would be ready by September-end.

It was confirmed by director general of health services (DGHS) Dr R K Srivastava. “Two of these firms have told us they will be able to provide the vaccine by September while the third one hasn’t given any time frame yet,” he said.

He added, “Once we are near having the vaccine, we will decide who will get it first, how many vaccine doses we will require and what the regimens will be.” The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology in Pune isolated the deadly H1N1 virus from a sample of India’s first human infection in Hyderabad on May 16.

However CDC Atlanta, which grew what’s called a seed stock, a strain of the virus that’s the first step toward growing a vaccine, has sent it to the three manufacturers for the vaccine.

Health ministry officials said the vaccine should be available with India before the second wave of the pandemic arrives sometime in November. No effective vaccine is presently available against the new influenza A H1N1 virus.

Dr V M Katoch, ICMR director general, said: “For a pandemic vaccine there is no time to see its long-term effects. The manufacturers will ensure that the vaccine is safe and is effective. They will look at whether the human immune system is producing antibodies against the virus or not. We should have a vaccine in the next three months.”

Dr Srivastava said, “The vaccine will definitely be given first to people fighting in containing the virus like healthcare workers followed by the young and the old. People with HIV, TB and cardiovascular diseases, and pregnant women who are in the high risk group will also be our priority.”

Since this H1N1 virus is new, there is no vaccine currently available made with this particular virus. Scientific evidence suggests that the already available seasonal influenza vaccines will confer little or no protection against H1N1.

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Its very gud news for h1n1 patient
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