Statement by the Dengue Vaccine Initiative on the Philippines Regulatory Approval of Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine, Dengvaxia®

December 22, 2015 — The Philippines yesterday became the first Asian country to approve Sanofi Pasteur’s dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia®, marking the second time in less than one month that a dengue vaccine has been licensed for use in a country.

As countries around the world expand their immunization programs to reach more children and to incorporate new and under-utilized vaccines, high implementation costs often exceed public immunization budgets.

Americans have forgotten our fear of polio. We think of it as a disease of our parents’ generation; a bygone threat. America has not seen a case of wild poliovirus since 1979.

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