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Merck’s HPV Vaccine Wins Lightning-Fast Approval

Gardasil 9 is available in more than 70 countries and regions. Photo: VCG
Gardasil 9 is available in more than 70 countries and regions. Photo: VCG

U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received speedy approval to launch its most effective vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) on the Chinese mainland market.

The approval after three years — lightning-quick in pharmaceutical regulatory terms — indicates that China’s drug regulator has recognized the urgent demand for the vaccine, which protects against a major cause of the second-most common type of cancer in the country among women.

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