File photo of a nurse holding a bottles of a vaccine at a health center in Burgos. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez/Files
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The Philippines became the first Asian country Tuesday to approve the sale of the world's first-ever dengue vaccine.It is hoped the drug could eventually help prevent millions of deaths from dengue, the world's fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease.Clinical tests – carried out on 40,000 people from 15 countries – have found Dengvaxia can immunize two-thirds of people aged nine years and older, rising to 93 percent for the more severe form of the disease, dengue hemorrhagic fever.The deadliest form of the disease kills 22,000 people a year, the WHO says.The WHO says cases have risen 30-fold over the last 50 years, with more than half the world's population potentially at risk.
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