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4 new vaccines to be part of immunisation programme: PM

Four new vaccines will be introduced in India as part of a government programme to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by next year and meet global polio eradication targets, prime minister Narendra Modi announced.

With these new vaccines to be introduced as part of the Universal Immunisation Programme, government will be providing free vaccines against 13 life threatening diseases to 27 million children annually, the largest birth cohort in the world.

Vaccines against rotavirus, rubella and polio (injectable) will collectively expedite India’s progress on meeting the Millennium Development Goal 4 targets to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by the year 2015 and meet global polio eradication targets. In addition, an adult vaccine against Japanese encephalitis will be introduced in districts with high levels of the disease.

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