Mexico unveils the world’s first approved dengue vaccine, which would be of great help to all the countries that face the wrath of this potentially lethal disease.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue is the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease. Therefore, Mexico’s unveiling of the world’s-first approved dengue vaccination, is great news indeed.
Mexico unveiled the vaccine, saying that the treatment is 60.5 per cent effective against dengue and 93.2 per cent effective against severe dengue.
The approval followed two years of clinical trials worldwide on more than 40,000 patients, including Mexicans, the health ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This vaccine can prevent more than 8,000 hospitalisations, 104 deaths annually, and save 1.1 billion pesos ($64 million) each year in reduced costs tied to medical attention,” the statement said.
According to the WHO, “nearly 40 per cent of the world’s population (3.9 billion people) is at risk of contracting dengue.”
In recent years, thousands of people, not just from India but also the rest of Asia, have been affected by the fatal fever, which has put medical services under a lot of pressure.
Around 400 million people in more than 128 countries are infected with the mosquito-borne virus each year. Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are among countries that have seen significant spikes in the mosquito-borne disease, while India’s capital New Delhi was in the grip of its worst dengue outbreak in almost 20 years.
In Mexico, a total of 32,100 cases were registered last year, including 8,668 cases of severe dengue, which cost the country over 3.2 billion pesos ($187 million).