Vaccines Current Affairs - 2020

United Nations releases “Levels and Trends in Child Mortality” report

On September 9, 2020, the United Nations released “Levels and Trends in Child Mortality” report. The report says that child mortality rate of India has declined between 1990 and 2019. It was 126 in 1990 and has now declined to 34 in 2019. Highlights Though, there is reduction in child mortality, India along with Nigeria Read More…

WHO, UNICEF: “Sharp Decline in Vaccination”

On July 15, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released data on alarming decline in number of children receiving vaccines. Highlights Around 14 million children missed out measles and DTP3 (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Petrussis) vaccine. Most of them live in Africa. Two-thirds of them live in Brazil, Read More…

DCGI approves Serum Institute for Pneumococcal Polysacchride Conjugate Vaccine

On July 15, 2020, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the first indigenously developed Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine. The vaccine was developed by Serum Institute of India. Highlights The DCGI has approved Serum Institute to conduct phase I, phase II and phase III clinical trials of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide conjugate vaccine in the country. Read More…

UN released commemorative stamp on 40th anniversary of Small Pox Eradication

On May 9, 2020, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Postal Agency released a commemorative stamp to mark 40th anniversary of eradication of small pox. Highlights The World Health Organization small pox eradication campaign was initiated in 1967. In 1980, the organization officially declared that the world is free from small pox. Small Read More…

Lucknow Medical Hospital first in the country to launch Plasma Treatment Therapy

On April 27, 2020, the King George Medical University in Uttar Pradesh became the first government hospital to launch plasma therapy to treat COVID-19. The first dose of plasma therapy was given to a 58-year old patient. Highlights The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) recently cleared the proposal of plasma therapy that was submitted Read More…