Ancient Indian scientists knew the process of inoculation and vaccination long before British doctor and scientist Edward Jenner created the first smallpox vaccine that killed millions of people around the world, said Dr Sajjan Singh Yadav, additional secretary, ministry expenditures department of Finance, author of ‘India’s Vaccine Growth Story – From Cowpox to Vaccine Maitri’. dr. Yadav holds a doctorate in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The book traces India’s path of vaccines from ancient science and looks at why India has been a forerunner in the production and delivery of vaccines to the world. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the book on Wednesday.
“The flurry of vaccines over the past two years has led me to delve into the subject. The stories of vaccine development in India are fascinating to me. I felt a strong need to collect and document these stories so that India and the world can learn more about India’s vaccine story,” he said.
The book also discusses India’s breakneck development of vaccines to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and the launch of the largest vaccination campaign. Other topics, such as vaccine diplomacy, vaccine economics, vaccine restraint, and vaccine leadership are also mentioned in the book.
The finance minister said the book comes at an opportune time – when India celebrates ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. “As infectious diseases have a huge impact on productivity and the economy, Indian-manufactured vaccines are a major contributor to economic growth and development around the world,” said Nirmala Sitharaman.
India produces 62 percent of the world’s vaccine doses, which is a major contributor to the widespread availability of affordable, high-quality vaccines.
“Not only have we delivered more than 200 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine, but in the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and ‘Sarve Santu Niramaya’, we have provided this ‘Sanjeevani booti’ to more than 100 countries,” the minister said. . .
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