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Takeda, Biological E collaborate for dengue vaccine in endemic areas

Biological E to manufacture up to 50 million doses of QDENGA Per Year

Takeda and Biological E announced a strategic partnership to accelerate access to QDENGA (Dengue Tetravalent Vaccine [Live, Attenuated]) (TAK-003) multi-dose vials (MDVs). These doses will ultimately be made available for procurement by governments in endemic countries by 2030 at the latest to support National Immunization Programs. MDVs offer economic and logistical advantages for National Immunization Programs by minimising packaging and storage expenses, while also reducing medical and environmental waste. 

BE will ramp up to a manufacturing capacity of up to 50 million doses a year, accelerating Takeda’s efforts to manufacture 100 million doses a year within the decade. The partnership will build upon existing manufacturing capacity for the vaccine at Takeda’s facility in Singen, Germany and Takeda’s long-term partnership with IDT Biologika. 

“Takeda’s long-term goal for our dengue programme has been to make QDENGA broadly available to those at risk who may benefit from immunisation. Within the last year, we’ve successfully launched in private markets, are now launching in some public programmes, and working with partners to support a broader public health impact,” said Gary Dubin, MD, President of the Global Vaccine Business Unit, Takeda. 

“We are proud to announce a strategic manufacturing partnership with Biological E, which has deep expertise in vaccine manufacturing and longstanding support of public health programmes around the world. Together, we will help combat dengue on a global scale by significantly increasing manufacturing capacity for multi-dose vials of QDENGA to drive sustainable access to the vaccine in more endemic countries.” 

“We are proud to collaborate with Takeda in the production of their groundbreaking Dengue Tetravalent Vaccine, QDENGA, in multi-dose vials,” affirmed Mahima Datla, MD, Biological E. “Takeda’s commitment to patient-focused, value-based research and development aligns extremely well with our dedication to advancing healthcare. We are fortunate to have created an institute that attracts such strong global partners for complex vaccines and underscores our shared mission of shaping a healthier future for all. With Takeda’s esteemed history and global presence, we are honoured to advance our vision of delivering highly innovative medicines and transformative care worldwide.” 

QDENGA is currently available for children and adults in the private market in countries in Europe, Indonesia and Thailand, and in private and some public programmes in Argentina and Brazil. TAK-003 is not approved for use in India.


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