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What can be done to cover India’s vaccine deficit and achieve 100% immunisation

Updated : April 25, 2019 03:29 PM IST

While a complete course of vaccines given in scheduled sequence costs anywhere between Rs 200-250, 44 percent of young children still, do not receive the full schedule of vaccines leading to one million Indian children dying before the age of five every year.
Then India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched Mission Indradhanush (MI) in 2014. The aim was to target the total immunisation between April 2015 - July 2017 and provide vaccination coverage to over 90 percent of newborns by 2020.
India’s immunisation programme is the largest in the world. Despite steady progress, a 2016 study showed that an estimated 38 percent of children fail to receive even necessary vaccines in the first year of life.
What can be done to cover India’s vaccine deficit and achieve 100% immunisation

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