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Lancet Infect Dis. 2017 Jul;17(7):745-753. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(17)30177-9. Epub 2017 Apr 25.

Immunogenicity and safety of three aluminium hydroxide adjuvanted vaccines with reduced doses of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV-Al) compared with standard IPV in young infants in the Dominican Republic: a phase 2, non-inferiority, observer-blinded, randomised, and controlled dose investigation trial.

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Hospital Maternidad Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Copenhagen, Denmark.
Larix A/S, Herlev, Denmark.
AJ Vaccines A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA, USA.
Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Copenhagen, Denmark. Electronic address:



Cost and supply constraints are key challenges in the use of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). Dose reduction through adsorption to aluminium hydroxide (Al) is a promising option, and establishing its effectiveness in the target population is a crucial milestone in developing IPV-Al. The aim of this clinical trial was to show the non-inferiority of three IPV-Al vaccines to standard IPV.


In this phase 2, non-inferiority, observer-blinded, randomised, controlled, single-centre trial in the Dominican Republic, healthy infants aged 6 weeks, not previously polio vaccinated, were allocated after computer-generated randomisation by block-size of four, to receive one of four IPV formulations (three-times reduced dose [1/3 IPV-Al], five-times reduced dose [1/5 IPV-Al], ten-times reduced dose [1/10 IPV-Al], or IPV) intramuscularly in the thigh at 6, 10, and 14 weeks of age. The primary outcome was seroconversion for poliovirus types 1, 2, and 3 with titres more than or equal to four-fold higher than the estimated maternal antibody titre and more than or equal to 8 after three vaccinations. Non-inferiority was concluded if the lower two-sided 90% CI of the seroconversion rate difference between IPV-Al and IPV was greater than -10%. The safety analyses were based on the safety analysis set (randomly assigned participants who received at least one trial vaccination) and the immunogenicity analyses were based on the per-protocol population. This study is registered with registration, number NCT02347423.


Between Feb 2, 2015, and Sept 26, 2015, we recruited 824 infants. The per-protocol population included 820 infants; 205 were randomly assigned to receive 1/3 IPV-Al, 205 to receive 1/5 IPV-Al, 204 to receive 1/10 IPV-Al, and 206 to receive IPV. The proportion of individuals meeting the primary endpoint of seroconversion for poliovirus types 1, 2, and 3 was already high for the three IPV-Al vaccines after two vaccinations, but was higher after three vaccinations (ie, after completion of the expanded programme of immunisation schedule): 1/3 IPV-Al 98·5% (n=202, type 1), 97·6% (n=200; type 2), and 99·5% (n=204, type 3); 1/5 IPV-Al: 99·5% (n=204, type 1), 96·1% (n=197, type 2), and 98·5% (n=202, type 3); and 1/10 IPV-Al: 98·5% (n=201, type 1), 94·6% (n=193, type 2), and 99·5% (n=203, type 3). All three IPV-Al were non-inferior to IPV, with absolute differences in percentage seroconversion for each poliovirus type being greater than -10% (1/3 IPV-Al type 1, -1·46 [-3·60 to 0·10], type 2, -0·98 [-3·62 to 1·49], and type 3, -0·49 [-2·16 to 0·86]; 1/5 IPV-Al type 1, -0·49 [-2·16 to 0·86], type 2, -2·45 [-5·47 to 0·27], and type 3, -1·46 [-3·60 to 0·10]; and 1/10 IPV-Al type 1, -1·47 [-3·62 to 0·10], type 2, -3·94 [-7·28 to -0·97], and type 3, -0·49 [-2·17 to 0·86]). Three serious adverse events occurred that were unrelated to the vaccine.


The lowest dose (1/10 IPV-Al) of the vaccine performed well both after two and three doses. Based on these results, this new vaccine is under investigation in phase 3 trials.


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