The Union Government on 30 November 2015 launched the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) as part of its commitment to the Global Polio Endgame Strategy.
IPV will roll-out to 126 countries which are using only OPV in the National program and it will be the largest and fastest globally-coordinated vaccine introduction project in history.
It is part of next step in India’s universal immunization program to fight against polio in the country.
IPV in India is a historic moment and will further cement India’s achievements on polio. It is necessary step to eradicate polio virus from the world.
On 27 March 2014, India was certified polio-free.
The immunization programme continues in the country because two of its neighbours, Pakistan and Afghanistan, remain polio-endemic and due to the threat of vaccine-derived polio.