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Takeda expects to launch a better dengue vaccine

Japanese pharmaceutical sees the neutralizer benefiting young children

Rajeev Venkayya, president of Takeda Pharmaceutical’s global vaccine business

TOKYO -- Nearly 400,000 people come down with dengue fever every year. The mosquito-borne tropical disease appears especially fond of Asia, which accounts for 70% of the infections. While France's Sanofi licensed the first dengue vaccine in 2015, the counteractant has been ineffective for young children. 

Rajeev Venkayya, president of Takeda Pharmaceutical's global vaccine business, expects a new neutralizer to fill the gap in Asia.

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