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WHO Assures to Double Vaccine Production By 2015

It seems that the haunting memories of the last H1N1 pandemic in 2009-2010 forced the WHO to take anticipated steps to escalate stock of vaccines in poor countries this time.

Even an independent review panel earlier this year had claimed that the WHO remains mismanaged when it comes to dealing with major pandemic.

Triggered by such allegations, the WHO announced that by 2015, the global production of seasonal flu vaccine is expected to double to 1.7 billion doses, lest there is no halt in the production in 11 new manufacturers under this project.

The United Nations agency claimed, “If a new influenza pandemic erupts, the world’s projected 37 vaccine makers could potentially triple their annual production of trivalent seasonal vaccine to make 5.4 billion doses of pandemic vaccine”.

WHO Assistant Director-General Marie-Paule Kieny told that this time the WHO has made sure that even if they are faced with any massive pandemic, not only the vaccine stock is adequate but the manufacturing sites are widely distributed to cater to the need of nations across the world.

It’s believed that influenza vaccine needs to be treated as a fair means of combating influenza pandemic instead of churning profit out of it.

Inflation may touch double digit, says FM

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has informed that there could be a double-digit inflation this March.

Mukherjee said this while taking part in the discussion on the General Budget for the Financial Year 2010-11 at the Rajya Sabha.

However, he believes that the current rise in food prices will go down very soon. The government is taking all the necessary steps to tackle the food inflation, said the minister.

But at the same time, he has also expressed his concerns over the possible double digit rate of inflation in the current month. Hence, it is going to be a hectic and troublesome financial year end for the Indian consumers.

In the month of February, the country’s annual rate of inflation had risen to 9.89 per cent. This figure was the highest in the last 16 months. In January, this was reported to be 8.56 per cent.

Rise in food price is undoubtedly pushing the rate up. On the contrary, the annual food inflation has also ended with as high as 17.81 per cent for the last week of February.

While India shows good growth rate figures, this inflation could be a major roadblock.