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World's first leprosy vaccine to be launched in India

The world's first exclusive leprosy vaccine, made in India, will be sent for trials in five districts of Bihar and Gujarat in few weeks.

Leprosy continues to affect more than one lakh people in India every year.

If the trials show satisfactory results, the vaccination programme will be conducted on a large-scale across the country.

The health ministry has initiated a door-to-door screening in 50 districts across the country and plans to provide treatment to those who are diagnosed with leprosy.

The initiative aims to cure leprosy and provide protection from the disease.

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