A decision about whether to approve the Cervarix vaccine for cervical cancer has been delayed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An announcement about a decision had been expected Tuesday.
The drug has been approved in nearly 100 other countries, but its approval has been delayed in the United States since 2007, when the FDA requested addition data from drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, the Associated Press reported. Cervarix blocks the two main viruses that cause cervical cancer.
Another vaccine, Gardasil, has been available in the United States since 2006.
Also on Tuesday, it was reported that a 14-year-old English girl died after receiving the Cervarix vaccine. Her death appears to have been caused by an extremely rare, severe reaction to the vaccine.
The girl became ill soon after receiving the vaccine and died in hospital a few hours later, the AP reported.