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Cervical Cancer
Vaccine to launch in
a few months: Adar Poonawalla

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Cervical cancer vaccine to launch in a few months, priced between ₹200-400: Adar Poonawalla

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Adar Poonawalla stated that the vaccine would first be accessible through the government channel and beginning next year, private partners would be included as well.

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SII's Adar Poonawalla said on 1 Sep that India's first indigenously developed Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (qHPV) vaccine for the cervical cancer will be launched in a couple of months

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He further said that the cervical cancer vaccine will be available to the people in an affordable price range of ₹200-400. 

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"The schemes like Ayushman Bharat have made us think about preventive healthcare & we can now afford it," said the Department of Biotechnology's lead in the matter.

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"I believe that scientific efforts are often unrecognized and this event is to celebrate that," he said.

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Poonawalla stated that 200 million doses have been planned and that the vaccine will first be given to citizens of India before it is exported to other countries.

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Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in India between the ages of 15 and 44. 

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In July, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) granted market authorization to the SII to manufacture a vaccine against cervical cancer.

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