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After decades of research, the World Health Organization endorsed earlier this year the first vaccine against dengue, a virus that infects about 390 million people in the world every year and has no known treatment. Now the vaccine faces its next challenge: adoption.
In the heavily affected region of Southeast Asia, the Philippines was the first to launch a public dengue immunization program and several countries are looking with interest at the new vaccine, according to experts attending ASEAN Dengue Day in Bangkok on June 15.
“We have to be very careful with the approval process because there will be a lot of questions [being raised], on topics such as effectiveness”, says Amnuay Gajeena, director- general of the Department of Disease Control at the Thai Ministry of Public Health during the celebration of the Sixth ASEAN Dengue Day that this year was hosted by Thailand.

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