The health authorities in Mexico have earlier in week approved the first ever dengue vaccine named Dengvaxia. It is a development that makes the vaccine the first ever to be licensed for prevention of dengue fever. Vaccines trials had been carried out among children aged 9-16 years old across five countries in – Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Columbia and Puerto Rico.
However, the Health Ministry in Malaysia has been hesitant to approve the use of the vaccine. Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, deputy-director at the ministry, says that the vaccine was not effective against DEN2, the subtype prevalent in the country. Clinical trials indicated that the vaccine offered the least protection against DEN2 at 35 percent will the best protection was against DEN3 and DEN4 at 75 percent.
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