Dengue vaccine by 2015 | theSundailyPosted: January 19, 2012
A dengue vaccine is expected to be available nationwide by 2014 or 2015 as the Health Ministry moves into the third phase of clinical trials on a vaccine by the end of the year.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said under the second phase, some 2,000 human samplings from Penang and Putrajaya are being monitored and have “so far been successful”.
“In the third phase at the end of this year, a larger population sampling will be done before a vaccine can be made available.
“The reason it is taking so much time is that we need to monitor the samples for four to five years to assess exposure and risk of dengue,” Liow said after presenting cheques for Chan Ming Thien Foundation study loans to 157 students from low-income families at the MCA headquarters today.
He said Malaysia was among the first countries to work on a vaccine, but had slowed the process to gather public opinion.
“Other countries have progressed and gone ahead with the vaccine. In Brazil, it has been a great success and in other countries as well. So this also gives us the chance to monitor the outcome elsewhere.”
The ministry and pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis have been reported to be developing the dengue vaccine.