First dengue vaccine that will hit shelves next year 'looks promising', experts say
Published on Jul 11, 2014 4:54 PM
SINGAPORE - The world's first dengue vaccine will hit the shelves next year, following the completion of its phase three trials that found it 56 per cent effective.
"It is promising, but not perfect," said Infectious Diseases expert Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.
This is because dengue has been rising over the years in spite of the best efforts to keep it at bay, and there is currently nothing else to fight the mosquito-borne disease.
Singapore dengue numbers hit a new high last week with 891 cases, and since Sunday, another 630 people have fallen ill.
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