Injectable polio vaccine available for infants in India
ShanIPV is a new polio vaccine that was produced in Hyderabad, India, by Shantha Biotechnics and Sanofi Pasteur. These two companies will offer most of the new vaccine's doses throughout the nation.
The first new shipment will be delivered within the next few days. These will be part of the routine vaccination schedule for all of the infants living in India.
"Ours will be the last generation to see the horror of children paralyzed or killed by polio. I am sure," Pr Jacob John, of Christian Medical College in Vellore, said. "Maybe we will remember 2015 as the year we took the final step to eradicate this disease forever."
Health professionals see this as a sign of important progress in polio eradication.
"With the introduction of IPV in their immunization schedule, India moves the world much closer to being polio-free,” Sanofi Pasteur President and CEO Olivier Charmeil said. "As a company deeply rooted in India, we are very proud that vaccines produced by both Sanofi Pasteur and Shantha will be used in this vital step towards a polio-free world. We have worked as partners of the government of India for many years, with this day in mind."