Fact check | History shows India did not lack access to vaccines as claimed by PM Modi

Fact check | History shows India did not lack access to vaccines as claimed by PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Monday presented a view of India’s vaccination history that is at odds with the facts. “If you look at the history of vaccinations in India, whether it was a vaccine for smallpox, hepatitis B or polio, you will see that India would have to wait decades for procuring vaccines from abroad. When vaccination programmes ended in other countries, it wouldn’t have even begun in our country,” claimed Mr. Modi in his address.

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India, even before Independence, was among the countries that indigenously manufactured vaccines almost years within they were discovered, historical records suggest.

While there have been several challenges to the uptake of vaccines, their availability was the least of the problems.

News Source: thehindu

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