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WHO Clears Indian Drug Vetting System

Had the Indian drug vetting system flunked the test again, it would have jeopardised the fate of exports of Indian vaccines

New Delhi: In what would ensure a smooth passage for the R14,000-crore vaccine exports from India, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has cleared the Indian drug regulatory system to approve vaccines.

This assumes importance as the Drug Controller General of India’s (DCGI) office had failed a similar test in 2009. Had the Indian drug vetting system flunked the test again, it would have jeopardised the fate of exports of Indian vaccines to 159 countries, which take a cue from WHO.

A 16-member team, headed by WHO officials and constituting government officials from the US, China, Thailand and France, informed Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday after a four-day audit that they are satisfied with the vaccine clearance procedure adopted by the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) or DCGI’s office. -FE

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