Rabies is India’s most fatal infection

According to data from National Health Profile 2018, Rabies is the only disease that had a 100% death rate in India in 2017. The vaccine-preventable viral disease spreads to people through bites or scratches of animals, mostly infected dogs. There were 4,370 rabies deaths in India in 2016, which accounted for 1 in 3 of the world’s 13,340 rabies deaths.

Cholera vaccination campaign began in Yemen

The 1st vaccine campaign against cholera in Yemen has started, a year & a half after an epidemic was triggered by war &a health and sanitation crisis. According to WHO, there have been more than 1 million cases of cholera in Yemen & 2,275 recorded deaths since Nov 2016. The oral vaccination campaign started in four districts in Aden aims to target around 350,000 people.

Pact with South Korea’s IVI for vaccine

Indian Council of Medical Research & Union Ministry of Health inked a pact with International Vaccine Institute, South Korea to collaborate on vaccine research & development. With this, India is committing an annual contribution of $5,00,000 to IVI & joins Sweden and South Korea as financially contributing signatories to IVI. India officially became a signatory to the treaty in 2012.

AIDS Vaccine Trial Begins in S.Africa

South Africa has just launched a multi-year trial of a vaccine that might save millions of lives and help put an end to AIDS. It’s the first AIDS vaccine trial in seven years, and hopes are high, not just in South Africa, but around the world. To develop a vaccine, scientists find a way to mimic the virus so the body makes an immune response to protect itself.