Vaccine Approved

The first dengue fever vaccine—an injection that can thwart all 4 types of the virus—was cleared in Mexico.

Developed over 20 years and costing 1.5 billion euros ($1.65 billion), including manufacturing investments, Dengvaxia awaits approval in at least 19 other countries.

Dengue outbreaks are on the rise. The WHO estimates about 390 million cases annually of the mosquito-borne infection, which causes flu-like illness that can develop into potentially fatal complications.

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