Merck’s vaccine – GARDASIL – is widely available in Taiwan

MaPoSquid wrote

I’ve heard that Merck’s HPV vaccine primarily addresses HPV-6 and HPV-11 strains, which are not oncogenic. These virus strains cause genital warts.

Merck was supposed to also target HPV-16, which is the primary cancer-causing strain (nearly 60% of all cases of Cervical Cancer are derived from HPV 16) but this is apparently no longer the case. If I find a reference for it on the web, I’ll post it here.

Looks like I was mistaken. Gardasil seems to have been embraced as sufficient protection against oncological HPV-16

Better late than never?

Gardasil is a vaccine, licensed for use in June 2006, by the FDA. It targets four strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) – HPV-6, 11, 16, and 18. HPV-16 and HPV-18 account for about 70% of all cervical cancers.

And over here…

SOURCE: Aronowitz, Robert. “5 Gardasil: A vaccine against cancer and a drug to reduce risk”. Risky Medicine , Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015, pp. 95-110.

And here (emphasis mine)…

Gardasil and Cervarix are noninfectious, recombinant vaccines; they stimulate an immune response but cannot cause HPV because they are made with proteins that contain only part of the virus (Wheeler 2007). Both target HPV-16 and HPV-18, which together account for about 70 per cent of cervical cancers.

SOURCE: Casper, M.J. and Carpenter, L.M. (2008), Sex, drugs, and politics: the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer. Sociology of Health & Illness, 30: 886-899.

Gardasil has since been replaced by Gardasil-9 - a 9-valent vaccine, i.e., it now protects against 9 types of HPV instead of the original’s protection against 4 types

Here is where you might find it today in NTUH

And in a private clinic in Taipei - I expect it to be widely available

And (since 2018) it is now required for girls entering junior high school in Taiwan

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Told you I saw the groups of high school girls led by who seemed their teacher going to get their shot at my gyno.

I am glad to have less chance of warts and cervical cancer too. But mostly I am happy to see kids embracing science and not having this chance tarnished by folk telling them the shot is a sin as it will make them promiscuous.

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Merck sells materials to TSMC too. They have a factory in Tainan.