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India in Talks For Monkeypox Vaccine Amid Global Outbreak

  • ICMR calls on companies to develop diagnostic kits, vaccines
  • Surveillance for monkeypox outbreak tightened across country
A health worker walks inside an isolation ward built as a precautionary measure for monkeypox patients at a hospital in Ahmedabad, on July 25.

A health worker walks inside an isolation ward built as a precautionary measure for monkeypox patients at a hospital in Ahmedabad, on July 25.

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India has started discussions with vaccine makers for developing a monkeypox vaccine and diagnostic kits, as cases rise globally.

“We are already engaging with the potential players,” said Vinod Kumar Paul, member of government think tank NITI Aayog and head of the national task force on Covid-19. “As you know, we have a strong presence of our vaccine capacity, so that’s also under the government’s active consideration.”