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India in talks for monkeypox vaccine as global outbreak spreads

Currently, the world only has one vaccine to curb the monkeypox outbreak, developed by Danish firm Bavarian Nordic. India now reports it will step into the fight against the disease, if necessary.

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India has started discussions with vaccine makers for developing a monkeypox vaccine, should the need arise, a senior government official said, 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.”

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