'H1N1 vaccines by April'

Agreeing to the fact that there was a delay in procuring the vaccine to India owing to its huge population, he said, “We want to have the best and the perfect vaccine, unlike other countries who hurried the vaccination process without human or animal trials.”

Azad said that the animal trials in India are nearly over and the human trials should begin from February. Nearly 100 people from the north and south parts of the country will undergo the vaccine trial, before the public can avail it. Clarifying on the number of deaths caused due to H1N1 influenza, the union minister said that the deaths were caused due to wrong diagnosis during the initial stage of flu.

“We have procured 40 million anti-viral capsules and 20 million capsules have been effectively distributed across the country.  Early diagnosis can prevent the influenza from aggravating,” he said

The union minister was speaking after inaugurating the M S Ramaiah Medical Teaching Hospital. The newly built facility will mainly focus on catering medical assistance to families below the poverty line (BPL).

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