Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has revealed that an indigenous influenza vaccine for Indian patients would bee available by next month. Speaking at the 14th convocation of Nimhans (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences), Mr Azad said the vaccine would fulfill every need.
"Unlike other developed countries, we do not have our own domestic influenza vaccine. The vaccine will be produced for the first time in India with the support of private pharmaceutical companies," he added. "The trials on animals are completed and clinical trials on humans are being carried out."
Azad said the country needed to develop human resources in the health sector. Towards this end the government had relaxed the student-teacher ratio from 1:1 to 1:2 for PG (postgraduate) courses. He added that from the next academic year 3,000 MBBS seats and 4,000 PG seats would be added to the existing number.