Is India actually considering national HPV vaccines?

[Note from SaneVax: The government of India seems to be oblivious to the fact there is a pending Supreme Court Case alleging multiple human rights violations in regard to HPV  vaccine demonstration projects conducted over five years ago. They seem oblivious to the fact that Merck ignored a government imposed ban on further HPV trials in India and proceeded with Gardasil 9 trials anyway. Despite all of this, the government is apparently willing to consider adding HPV vaccines to their national immunization program. What is wrong with this picture?]

Government plans to reintroduce HPV vaccine

By Teena Thacker, New Delhi

More than five years after the government suspended the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine trials in India in which some girls reportedly died after having been administered the vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer, plans are afoot to introduce the vaccine in the routine immunisation program-me. Taking its first steps forward, the government has asked the National Technical Advisory Group on immunisation (NTAGI), an advisory group on immunisation, to conduct a feasibility study on the vaccine so that it can be introduced in the country.

The government has given three months to NTAGI to decide on the introduction of the new vaccine. “Our technical committee is evaluating if HPV can be introduced in India. The feasibility study is expected to be completed in three months based on which we will take our final decision,” a senior official in the health ministry said.

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