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Cholera Vaccine Recommended by European Medicines Agency

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The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended the approval of  the single-dose oral cholera vaccine Vaxchora, developed by multinational biopharmaceutical firm Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. of Gaithersburg, Maryland. On Jan. 30, 2020, the CHMP adopted a “positive opinion” on the granting of a marketing authorization for the bacterial vaccine.1 2 3

According to the EMA’s summary of opinion on Vaxchora, the vaccine will be available as an “effervescent powder and a powder for oral suspension.” It contains as an active substance “live attenuated cholera bacteria (V. cholerae O1 classical Inaba strain live attenuated CVD 103-HgR), which replicate in the gastrointestinal tract of the recipient and induce serum vibriocidal antibody and memory B cell responses.”4

The EMA notes that the most common side of effects of Vaxchora include tiredness, headache, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, and lack of appetite.4

The CHMP based its decision to approve Vaxchora on data from five randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Emergent BioSolutions noted that these trials included a “Phase 1 safety and immunogenicity study, a Phase 3 challenge study, where Vaxchora demonstrated 90.3% efficacy at 10 days and 79.5% efficacy at 3 months, a Phase 3 safety and immunogenicity study that examined lot-to-lot consistency, a Phase 3 study that demonstrated a similar immune response in older adults compared with younger adults, and a Phase 4 study in children that demonstrated a similar immune response in children compared to younger adults.”2

If Vaxchora is granted marketing authorization by the European Union (E.U.), the vaccine would become available for use by adults and children six years of age and over. The marketing authorization would apply to all 28 E.U. member countries.2 4

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vaxchora on June 10, 2016 for adults 18-64 years old who travel to cholera-affected areas. It is the only cholera vaccine licensed in the United States for use against cholera caused by Vibrio cholerae serogroup O1, which is the main cause of cholera around the world.5

On May 11, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its recommendation for the use of Vaxchora in adults traveling from the U.S. to areas with cholera.6

A recent report by Allied Market Research found that the global cholera vaccine market generated $65 million in revenues in 2017. The report forecasts the value of the market to reach $207 million by 2025. The fastest growing segment of the market is North America, specifically due to the launch of Vaxchora and the increasing number of travelers to countries with cholera.7


5 Responses

  1. let’s just say that the 1976 version of DTAP components plus CHOLERA for travel did me in and ruined my adult working life. Good luck!

    1. Exactly! Like AZT in it’s first dosages….mimicked immune deficiency, then death. Ahh! See it’s AIDS! When HIV “positives” who refused AZT did not die and did not get opportunistic diseases.
      And traveling to countries known to have cholera outbreaks? So……that’s poor underdeveloped countries with large slum areas. Of course there’s a simple treatment for it but ehh why bother when Bio-tech-Pharma can make millions? And poverty? From CDC: May 11, 2018 · The cholera bacterium is usually found in water or food sources that have been contaminated by feces (poop) from a person infected with cholera. Cholera is most likely to be found and spread in places with inadequate water treatment, poor sanitation, and inadequate hygiene.
      So spend money to improve sanitation and drinking water in these areas?

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