Halal Vaccine

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Halal Vaccine for Hajj Pilgrims
Even before few years, the fully Halal meningitis vaccine was a dream for the Muslim world but now it’s a reality. The long waited Halal meningitis vaccine named ‘Menveo’ is now available worldwide. Many Muslim countries including the Saudi Arabia has approved it and many have instructed to replace the previously used one with this Halal vaccine.
According to the available information meningitis vaccine earlier produced, contained materials of bovine or porcine origin. Due to this reason the Muslims had been complaining against those vaccines and pressuring for producing completely Halal vaccine from Halal ingredients. Due to this demand from the Muslim world an ‘apparently Halal’ vaccine was produced named Mencevax. It is alleged that Mencevex even used porcine ingredients at manufacturing stage but the finished product could be made porcine free with the blessings of latest scientific technologies. Nevertheless to say that Bangladesh is still using this ‘apparently halal’ vaccine though completely halal vaccine is available in the market. However, the government is under pressure to use halal vaccine especially for the hajj pilgrims. The Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) has recently forwarded a letter to the ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 19 March 2012 (Ref.: nve/ ¯^vcKg/†gwbbRvBwUR/cÖ`vb/2012/137) and urged the government to take necessary measures to collect halal meningitis vaccine for the hajj pilgrims.
It should be mentioned here that the Saudi government has already approved Menveo as a halal vaccine for its people.
The Jakarta Globe reported that Indonesia’s Health Ministry has halted distribution of Mencevax for those planning the pilgrimage to Mecca, after the Indonesian Council of Ulema passed an edict banning the vaccine, citing the use of porcine enzymes. The Health Minister said that the…...

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