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Sanofi Pasteur provides vaccines to support Brazilian dengue immunisation scheme

15th August 2016

Sanofi Pasteur has provided 500,000 doses of its dengue vaccine Dengvaxia to the Brazilian state of Parana to support a large-scale public immunisation programme.

The scheme has been initiated in the state's 30 most highly endemic municipalities, with all individuals aged between 15 and 27 years of age in 28 municipalities and between nine and 44 in the two regions with the top dengue burden to be immunised over the next three weeks.

Parana is home to ten million people and has seen a threefold increase in both dengue incidence and deaths in recent years, with 55,000 cases reported in the last year alone.

Dengvaxia's safety and efficacy have been documented in a large clinical study programme involving more than 40,000 people across 15 countries, including Brazil, which participated in both phases II and III of the clinical development programme.

Sanofi Pasteur's Guillaume Leroy said: "Introduction of the dengue vaccine first in endemic countries like Brazil has always been Sanofi Pasteur’s priority, because this is where the vaccine can have the greatest impact on disease burden globally."

This comes after the company's shingles vaccine Zostavax was recently cleared for continued use in the UK's national immunisation programme for the next two years.

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