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Vaccines for Dengue, Malaria soon: Harsh Vardhan

There is a good news for the people who were hit by life-threatening diseases – Dengue and Malaria. The Ministry of Science and Technology is in final stage of developing vaccine for treating dengue and malaria. 

“Our scientists are at final stage in developing the drug to cure the two deadly diseases. The vaccine would be launched very soon,” said Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan at the inaugural session of Indian Science Congress in Mysore.

“We have achieved several milestones in the field of science and technology in the recent years. We can now say that we are not dependent on western countries for innovations as all the key technologies are with us. In the category of research paper publication, we are at number six, while in the area of nano-technology-based research, India stands at number three position, which is commendable, Vardhan said.

While listing the achievements of country in the field of science, Vardhan said, “When the human genome sequencing had started, its cost was $1 bilion, which has been reduced to $1,000 by Indian scientists. In addition to this, CSIR scientists have developed a new diabetic drug called BGR 34.” 

The new diabetic drug has been introduced in the market by AIMIL Pharmaceuticals, an ayurvedic drug manufacturing firm.

The minister also said that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had launched Astrosat to study distant celestial objects. Astrosat is country’s first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory, which was launched in September 2015.
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