Harsh Vardhan launches India’s 1st indigenous pneumonia vaccine ‘Pneumosil’

The Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched India’s first indigenously developed vaccine against pneumonia. The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) named ‘Pneumosil’ has been developed by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and PATH, an international, nonprofit global health organization based in Seattle.

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About the vaccine:

The vaccine will provide protection against 10 variants of pneumococcus bacteria that causes pneumonia, meningitis, ear, and blood infections in children. Pneumococcal disease is the largest contributor to under-five mortality rate worldwide.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Serum Institute of India CEO: Adar Poonawalla.
  • Serum Institute of IndiaFounder: Cyrus S. Poonawalla.
  • Serum Institute of IndiaFounded: 1966.
  • Serum Institute of India Headquarters location: Pune.

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