ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Immunisation Debacle

THE polio vaccine controversy, as it is being termed in the media, is among the inevitable consequences of a short-sighted and hasty plan of hitching a ride on the technology wagon. The single-minded pursuit of technological objectives in the name of progress, a running theme in independent India, has received added impetus off and on. One such initiative was the Sam Pitroda combine's technology missions, and the polio controversy, as it is unfolding now, is its end product. A Rs 1,500-million unfinished project, the Indo-French venture to manufacture a new generation of vaccines which was probably never needed, is in jeopardy. And unfortunately, unless countered, it will be financial arguments which will hold sway at the cost of health concerns.

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