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First rotavirus vaccine made in India is launched

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 16 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1475
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, launched the first oral rotavirus vaccine to be developed and manufactured in the country on 9 March.

Every year in India 80 000 children under 5 die, and up to one million are hospitalised, because of diarrhoea caused by rotavirus. Rotavac was developed by Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad, and is priced at just $1 (£0.67; €0.95; Rs63) a dose.1 2 The three dose vaccine will aid efforts to lower infant mortality due …

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