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.
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.