Updated on 30 July 2015
Dr Alain Bouckenooghe, associate VP and regional head of Clinical R&D and Medical Affairs APAC, Sanofi
Singapore: Bringing in good news for millions of dengue sufferers across the globe, Sanofi's new dengue vaccine has showed promise in clinical trials. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Sanofi reported results from a new pooled efficacy analysis of individuals 9 years of age and older at vaccination from the two Phase III studies of Sanofi Pasteur's dengue vaccine.
The new analysis documented that the vaccine protected two-thirds of these individuals (66 percent) against dengue, providing even greater protection against two clinically-relevant manifestations of dengue, namely severe dengue (93 percent) and prevention of hospitalizations due to dengue (80 percent) that account for the greatest human and economic burden of dengue in endemic countries.
In addition, the dengue vaccine candidate protected volunteers 9 years of age and older who were previously exposed to dengue (82 percent), as well as those who were naïve to dengue (52.5 percent) prior to vaccination.
Sanofi's Associate VP and regional head of Clinical R&D and Medical Affairs APAC, Dr Alain Bouckenooghe told BioSpectrum Asia,"The NEJM article confirmed that Sanofi Pasteur's dengue vaccine candidate can be used to protect individuals ≥9 years old in endemic countries against dengue disease. This is quite relevant as we see a gradual shift of dengue cases to a somewhat older population; in the last 4 or 5 years, in Thailand, Indonesia or Colombia, more than 70 percent of the dengue cases have been reported in people aged 10 and over. This proportion increases even more in Brazil, Malaysia or Mexico where more than 90 percent of the dengue cases were in this preadolescent to adult age group of 10 and older."
Dengue is one of the world's fastest growing vector-borne disease, endemic in over 100 countries where almost half the world's population resides. Dengue poses considerable economic and human burden in these endemic countries as it is prone to unpredictable outbreaks and spreads readily in densely populated urban areas, often paralyzing local healthcare systems and requiring cost-intensive intervention efforts. Today, no specific treatment or prevention for dengue is available.