Dengue vaccine is just a year away, researchers say

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

[KUALA LUMPUR] A new vaccine that can halve the number of dengue cases provides a welcome shot to fight a deadly disease that infects around 390 million people every year in the tropics.

Sanofi Pasteur, the pharmaceutical company that sponsored the development of the vaccine, has announced that it will be commercially available by July 2015.

At present, no licensed vaccine is available to prevent dengue, a mosquito-borne disease. This is the first dengue vaccine to reach phase 3 trial, the last stage of clinical testing, according to a study in the British medical journal The Lancet (11 July).

Source: SciDev.Net (link opens in a new window)

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