World’s First Dengue Vaccine to Be Ready Next Year, According to Sanofi

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*Update 10 December, 2015* : World’s First Dengue Vaccine Approved, According to Bloomberg

It seems to be a rite of passage for Malaysians and expats to be hit with dengue fever at one time or another. It is even more disturbing that the number people who have died from dengue fever in Malaysia has more than tripled this year compared to 2013, with some 250 cases being reported daily. The alarming increase in dengue cases and deaths has the government urging people to participate in more cleanups at Aedes breeding grounds and to raise awareness on the matter from the grassroot.

On an international level, French drug maker, Sanofi Pasteur, claims to have developed a vaccine against dengue that will be ready by next year. Sanofi Pasteur has been working on the dengue vaccine for more than 20 years and their goal is to make dengue the next vaccine-preventable disease, with a safe and effective dengue vaccine, accessible in all regions of the world where dengue is a public health issue.

Sanofi Pasteur’s efficacy clinical study program for its dengue vaccine candidate was conducted in over 31,000 participants across 10 endemic countries in Asia and Latin America. The vaccine is already being produced in a newly dedicated production facility in Neuville-sur-Saône, France and is subject to regulatory approval; the world’s first dengue vaccine could be available in the second half of 2015.

See Also: The New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Results of Final Landmark Phase III Efficacy Clinical Study of Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Candidate

Source: Quartz

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