Why India Has Stopped Giving HPV Vaccines

In April, the government of India called a halt to trials of the Hu­man Papilloma Virus (HPV) vac­cine. This came about because of a civil society-led investigation which highlighted serious ethical violations in at least one trial.

In India, civil society groups have long been voicing their concerns regarding the safety and efficacy of the two HPV vaccines, along with the unethical promo­tion of the vaccines and the need to inves­tigate reported deaths and adverse events post vaccination.

According to Economic and Political Weekly, the investigation the led to the ban highlights how:

“... the promotional practices of drug companies, pressure from powerful international organizations, and the co-option of, and uncritical endorsement by, India’s medical associations are influencing the country’s public health priorities.”

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