03 March, 2021

‘No Need To Regulate The Private Sector’

Pradeep Haldar, deputy commissioner (immunisation) at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare says that the choice of vaccines is led by public health concerns, not individual needs...

‘No Need To Regulate The Private Sector’
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2017-04-08T10:54:01+05:30

Pradeep Haldar, deputy commissioner (immunisation) at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and chairman of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, spearheads the universal immunisation programme (UIP) in the country. Haldar tells Arushi Bedi that the choice of vaccines is led by public health concerns, not individual needs as in the private sector. Excerpts from the interview:

A question was raised in the Lok Sabha recently on the influence of vaccine-manufacturing firms on doctors and the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP)…

There are no regulations for vaccination in the private sector, where only a small section of the population gets immunised. A private setup will not look at the protection of a community. They will see if an individual is protected or not. As the government, we look at vaccines from the point of view of the population at large, so our vaccination components are different.

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