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Wasted vaccine

* Vaccinating birds was part of India’s original Action Plan, so the country stockpiled vaccines imported from Netherlands...

health and fitness Updated: Jan 18, 2008 23:28 IST

* Vaccinating birds was part of India’s original Action Plan, so the country stockpiled vaccines imported from Netherlands

* The Indian Council of Agricultural Research gave Rs 80 million to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal to develop a vaccine

* In July 2006, HSADL announced India’s first vaccine against the virus for birds.

* The vaccine’s response was found to be above 90%.

* According to World Organisation for Animal Health, culling birds is far more effective than vaccination

* Later, India also ruled out vaccinating birds because it was realised that the task was near impossible, given that the country is still struggling with innoculating children against polio. Besides, the cost of vaccinating every bird would be high

* In April 2007, the HSADL announced it would destroy 100,000 doses of the vaccine