India’s first indigenously developed vaccine for cervical cancer launched

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India’s first indigenously developed quadrivalent Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer launched by Union Minister of Science and Technology Jitendra Singh in Delhi on 1 September.


  • The name of the vaccine is CERVAVAC.
  • The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given market authorization to Serum Institute of India (SII) to manufacture indigenously developed vaccine against cervical cancer.

  • Cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer in women in the age group of 15 to 44 years in India.


  • Vaccine CERVAVAC has demonstrated robust antibody response that is approximately 1,000-fold higher based on all targeted HPV types and age groups.

  • This vaccine protects women from cervical cancer. 

  • It has been developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

  • This vaccine will ensure the prevention of cancer caused by human papillomavirus (types 6, 11, 16 and 18).

About Cervical Cancer :

  • It is a sexually transmitted infection.

  • It occurs in the cells of the cervix (the lower part of the uterus) that connects to the vagina.

  • It is mostly caused by long-term infection with HPV.

  • It is the second most prevalent cancer form and the second leading cause of cancer death among women aged 15–44.

  • Women who have HIV are six times more likely to develop cervical cancer than normal women.

Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) :

  • It comes under the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).

  • It is responsible for approval of licences of specified categories of drugs like blood and blood products, vaccines, IV fluids and sera in India.

  • It sets the standards and quality of the manufacture, sale, import and distribution of drugs in India.

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