India’s ‘Cautious’ View Dulls Sanofi Hopes For Early Dengvaxia Launch
An early rollout of Sanofi Pasteur’s dengue vaccine in India is looking less likely with a senior functionary of the health ministry telling Scrip why India needs to take a “cautious view” on the product’s licensure in the country, at least for now. Sanofi, though, has sought the “best regulatory solution” that can facilitate access to the product.
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