Serious violations in Covaxin trial in Bhopal show nothing has changed since the egregious HPV vaccine trial

The Covaxin phase-3 clinical trial in Bhopal shows that nothing much has changed even more than a decade since the highly controversial HPV vaccine trial in Andhra Pradesh wherein 23,500 girls were vaccinated without a proper informed consent. There is evidence that the trial in Bhopal has serious ethical violations of informed consent and medical … Continue reading Serious violations in Covaxin trial in Bhopal show nothing has changed since the egregious HPV vaccine trial

MenAfriVac: first use of vaccine outside of the cold chain in Africa

“It’s a great Indian success story,” said Dr. Jacob John, a former virologist of the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. He was referring to MenAfriVac, a meningitis A vaccine, manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India. The vaccine passed the litmus test during a large-scale vaccine campaign in Banikoara district in the Republic of … Continue reading MenAfriVac: first use of vaccine outside of the cold chain in Africa

Editorial: HPV trial – Collusion of the worst kind

When regulators become violators, who is to regulate them? That perplexing question is what arises from the damning report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee that investigated alleged irregularities in the conduct of the human papilloma virus vaccine trial on nearly 23,500 girls in the 10-14 age group in Vadodara, Gujarat and Khammam, Andhra Pradesh. But … Continue reading Editorial: HPV trial – Collusion of the worst kind

Editorial: A shockingly unethical trial

Published in The Hindu on May 16, 2011 The question whether all human clinical trials undertaken in India are conducted ethically has been answered. The final report of the three-member committee appointed by the central government to go into the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine trial reveals gross … Continue reading Editorial: A shockingly unethical trial

HPV vaccination: key factors studied

Published in The Hindu on September 11, 2008 A formative study was completed recently to understand the various facets of the society and health systems prior to introducing a vaccine that can prevent Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection that is responsible for causing cervical cancer in women. The results of the study were presented to the … Continue reading HPV vaccination: key factors studied