India is a leading producer of vaccines. It has enjoyed numerous vaccination campaign successes in the past. Despite this, around 60,000 Indian children under five die of vaccine-preventable diseases every year. India has demonstrated its capacity for successful vaccination campaigns in the past. On March 27, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared India polio-free. Due to sustained vaccination drives, India has remained polio free ever since. The polio campaign encompassed some of the most effective elements of making a vaccination campaign effective. The Centre worked with UNICEF, the WHO, rural community health workers (Accredited Social Health Activists, or ASHAs), and local leaders and religious elders in rural communities. The coordination between government and grassroots campaigns was bolstered by media support, involving appearances from numerous celebrities. Such vigour is absent in current vaccination drives. This is reflected in dismal immunisation … Read Full Article about India not taking advantage of its own vaccines?