New Delhi, 2 September: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to explain why it was not banning the use of pentavalent vaccine, which allegedly causes fatal side-effects on children. The vaccine is being administered to prevent diseases like Hepatitis-B and diphtheria in children.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam issued notice to the Centre on a PIL of Dr Yogesh Jain who alleged that the vaccine has caused death of 21 minors so far in the country. The bench asked the government to file its response within four weeks.
Senior advocate Mr Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioner, pleaded that the use of the vaccine should be stopped in the country as it has already been banned in various countries like the US, Japan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The vaccine was first introduced in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in 2011 and 21 children, who were administered with it, have died so far in India, the petitioner said.
On 4 May this year, the Ministry of Health of Vietnam suspended Quinvaxem, the pentavalent combination used there. SNS