A Chinese-produced vaccine against Japanese encephalitis has been prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO), Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday, citing a statement from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). The WHO notified the administration Wednesday that the vaccine has been added to its list of prequalified medicines, the first Chinese-produced vaccine on the list, the statement said. The move indicates that the WHO has given the vaccine its stamp of approval in safety and efficacy, and United Nations procuring agencies can source it, the global health agency said in a press release on its website. The vaccine has been on the Chinese market since 1988 and about 600 million doses have been administered, notably reducing the incidence and casualty rates of Japanese encephalitis, the report said.
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