Pfizer launches Lyme disease vaccine trial with French partner Valneva | USA TODAY

If proven safe and effective, the vaccine could help stop tick-borne disease that affect nearly half a million Americans every year.
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Pfizer and a French partner are launching a large clinical trial of an experimental vaccine that would be the first to prevent Lyme disease, the companies announced Monday.

If proven safe and effective, the vaccine, currently called VLA15, could be an important tool to stop the tick-borne disease that affects nearly half a million Americans a year. Although many people clear the infection with a course of antibiotics, others suffer for years from lingering symptoms.

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