- For the first time, a vaccine conceived and developed from scratch in India has been “pre-qualified” by the World Health Organisation.
The Rotavac vaccine:
- The Rotavac vaccine, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech Limited last year, was included in India’s national immunisation programme.
- The Rotavac vaccine protects against childhood diarrhoea caused by the rotavirus and was built on strain of the virus isolated at the the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here over 30 years ago.
- To be “pre-qualified” means that the vaccine can be sold internationally to several countries in Africa and South America.
- While several vaccines from India have been pre-qualified, this is the first that was entirely developed locally and, according to experts, is a sign that there is a credible industrial, scientific and regulatory process in place to develop vaccines in India.