Oral Polio Vaccine: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

National Newborn Week celebrated

Published: November 21, 2020

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is celebrating National Newborn Week between November 15, 2020 and November 21, 2020. The main objective of celebrating National Newborn Week is to create awareness about the importance of newborn child survival and development. Why is it important to celebrate National Newborn Week? Every year around 2.6 million ..

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Vaccine Derived Polio Virus: nCOP2 Vaccine added by WHO to Emergency Use Listing

Published: November 16, 2020

The World Health Organisation has added a vaccine to its Emergency Use Listings. The vaccine added is the nCOP2 developed by Bio Farma of Indonesia. The vaccine has been developed to treat derived polio virus strain. This is being done in the backdrop of increasing cases of vaccine derived poliovirus between 2010 and 2019. Highlights ..

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National Immunization Day observed in India

Published: January 20, 2020

On January 19, 2020, the National Immunization Day (NID) was observed all over India as a part of Pulse Polio Programme, 2020. Around 17.4 crore children of age less than 5 hears were administered polio drops to sustain polio eradication in India. Highlights India has eradicated polio completely in 2012.  In order to sustain the ..

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India remains polio free, all vaccines used in Government immunisation programme safe: UNICEF, WHO

Published: October 12, 2018

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have reiterated India’s status as polio-free country. This comes in backdrop of some oral polio vaccine vials being found contaminated with the type-2 polio virus. Key Facts The two global agencies held that risk of children getting vaccine derived poliovirus was minimal in India because ..

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