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New dengue vaccine 'not effective enough for Singapore'

Treatment derived from plant seeds also no better than placebo: Vivian

Published on Aug 5, 2014 8:54 AM
 
Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

A new dengue vaccine to be marketed by French pharmaceutical company Sanofi next year is "not good enough" for Singapore, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in Parliament yesterday.

He was responding to queries from Members of Parliament on when the vaccine and other new drugs would hit the shelves here.

Dr Balakrishnan, a medical doctor, said the vaccine was not effective enough against the two most common types of the dengue virus here, types 1 and 2. The vaccinated group's risk of developing dengue is reduced by 50 per cent and 35 per cent respectively for types 1 and 2, compared with an unvaccinated group.

"Until further clinical data is available for us to be sure that the benefits outweigh the risks, I don't think the Ministry of Health or Health Sciences Authority will rush into approving the vaccine," he said.

 
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NOT RUSHING APPROVAL

Until further clinical data is available for us to be sure that the benefits outweigh the risks, I don't think the Ministry of Health or Health Sciences Authority will rush into approving the vaccine.

- Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

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