However, the vaccines out there in India don’t have vaccine vial screens, which might add round Rs 50 per vial.
“As India steps up vaccination, particularly in rural elements, the vaccine vial monitor could be one of the best device to point out if a vial is usable or not,” stated Dr Sunil Khaparde, former central well being ministry official who was related to the Pulse Polio drive within the preliminary days.
Vaccinators in India are skilled to verify the ‘bindi’ mark earlier than giving vaccines to youngsters. In 1998, VVMs have been first used within the oral polio vaccine and Dr Khaparde believes they performed a job in serving to eradicate polio. “While India had 1,934 instances in 1998, using VVMs coincided with a drop since 1999 when 1,126 instances have been reported,” stated Dr Khaparde.
On July 14, Temptime, the American firm licenced by the World Health Organisation to manufacture VVMs, wrote to India’s well being minister Mansukh Mandaviya about utilizing VVM to Covid vaccines out there in India.
“The individuals of India have benefited from using VVM within the common immunisation programme for over 20 years. VVM’s capability to point out heat harm to vaccines, is a vital enabling device within the immunisation programme,” stated the letter.
BMC government well being officer Dr Mangala Gomare stated Covid vaccines in the meanwhile have to be used inside 4 hours of opening the vial. According to the Temptime letter to Mandaviya, the general value influence of VVM is simply 0.3% of the Covid-19 vaccine vial value.