Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India will provide four new vaccines free of cost as part of a programme to reduce child mortality in the country.
The four new vaccines will combat rotavirus, rubella, polio and Japanese encephalitis. The move brings to 13 the number of free vaccines provided against life threatening diseases.
Diarrhoea caused by rotavirus kills nearly 80,000 children each year and results in up to a million hospital admissions in India.
Regular outbreaks of encephalitis also kill hundreds of children every year.
Though India was declared polio free in March, an injectable polio vaccine will be introduced to provide protection to the population against the virus.