Medicine

Palace to 'leave no stone unturned' in Dengvaxia anomaly

Palace to 'leave no stone unturned' in Dengvaxia anomaly

MalacaƱang has assured the public that those responsible in the P3.5-billion dengue vaccine fiasco it called a "shameless public health scam" will be held accountable.

The office of the Philippine president vowed to hold accountable those responsible for the dengue immunisation programme, which said it placed lives at risk.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said further recommendation will be released on December 12 or 13 by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization, an advisory body of the World Health Organization.

"We assure the public that as per the Department of Health there is now no reported case of severe dengue infection to the individuals who received one dose of dengue vaccine past year", he added.

The Health department announced on Friday it was suspending the dengue immunization program after Sanofi Pasteur, the maker of Dengvaxia, said the vaccine could cause a more severe case of dengue in the long term if injected into people who have had no prior infection. It can still help protect children who previously had Dengue fever.

The Health department has suspended the administering of the vaccine.

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MalacaƱang assured parents of the learners that no case of severe dengue infection as a result of the vaccine has been recorded by the DoH.

For those who were not previously infected by the dengue virus, the analysis found that vaccination prevented severe illness for at least 30 months, Duque told reporters.

The manufacturer of the sole dengue vaccine on the market says a new study shows that it should only be used in people who have had a previous infection from the mosquito-borne virus.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque has said his department would track the medical history of the thousands of children who were vaccinated and intensify its surveillance to ensure proper care would be given to anyone who may need it.

Khristine Estrada-Cabanayan, a Sanofi spokeswoman in the Philippines, said the company is working closely with the Department of Health and will release a statement to address concerns regarding the vaccine.


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