World's 1st dengue vaccine likely by 2015


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As India deals with increasing number of dengue fever, pharma major Sanofi today said the world's first vaccine against the mosquito-borne viral disease may be available by the second half of 2015.

Sanofi Pasteur, the French drugmaker's vaccine unit, will file for registration of its vaccine candidate and subject to regulatory approval the world's first dengue vaccine could be available by the second half of 2015, the company said in a statement.

Results of the last stage of the clinical study showed that the vaccine gives a 95.5 per cent protection against severe dengue and an 80.3 per cent reduction in the risk of hospitalisation, it said.

Dengue has been a serious challenge to public health as it affects lakhs of people annually in India.

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