Melinda Colite held a picture of her grandson during a Senate investigation about the vaccine AFP/Noel CELIS While Dengvaxia's maker Sanofi has said unequivocally that its world-first vaccination is safe, Philippine authorities disagree publicly over whether it could have contributed to children's deaths. The resulting confusion has prompted a dangerous plunge in vaccination rates in the Philippines for other diseases. It has also added to a swirling political battle, fanned by bloggers who back President Rodrigo Duterte and have an audience of millions of Facebook followers. "The blame game has taken over the main issue," Ronald Mendoza, dean of the Ateneo de Manila University's School of Government, told AFP. "It may be doing damage to public health rather than protecting it." Health authorities have said child vaccination rates against illnesses like measles have dropped by as much as 25 percentage points over the previous year as public anger and mistrust has grown in the … [Read more...] about Confusion, blame game fuels Philippines vaccine scandal
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Dr. Rolando Enrique Domingo (R), Undersecretary of the Department of Health (DOH), with Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, Director of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), answer questions during a news conference at the DOH headquarter in metro Manila, Philippines February 2, 2018. Photo by Reuters The Philippines said on Friday the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia may be connected to three deaths in the country, according to a government-ordered inquiry, and that the drug is not ready for mass immunisation. French drug maker Sanofi revealed in November that Dengvaxia - the world's first dengue vaccine - might increase the risk of severe disease in people who had never been exposed to the virus. The news prompted an uproar in the Philippines, where more than 800,000 school-age children had been vaccinated in 2016. Sanofi officials were not immediately available for comment on the government announcement. The Philippine Health Ministry halted Dengvaxia immunisations in November. It formed a … [Read more...] about Philippines says anti-dengue vaccine may be connected to three deaths
More than 800,000 school children received the vaccine last year in the world's first public dengue immunisation programme. (Source: Reuters)Hanoi (VNA) - The Philippines isinvestigating the deaths of 14 children which were suspected of being relatedto the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, the use which was suspended by the government recently,the country’s health officials said on January 5. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the government has assigned anindependent panel of experts to review the cases and expects their findings inone or two weeks.Assistant Health Secretary Enrique Domingo told reporters that the panel hasbeen asked to investigate the cause of the deaths and whether they are relatedto the vaccination. More than 800,000 school children received the vaccine last year in the world'sfirst public dengue immunisation programme.However, in November last year, Sanofi released findings of a new study thatsaid Dengvaxia could lead to severe infections for vaccinated people … [Read more...] about Philippines probes deaths suspected to be related to dengue vaccine
When French drugmaker Sanofi published the results of clinical trials of children given its dengue vaccine two years ago, the overall findings were that it protected against the world's biggest and fastest growing mosquito-borne disease. But the trial also showed that in the third year after receiving the Dengvaxia inoculation, younger children were more likely to end up in hospital with a severe case of dengue than those who didn't get the vaccine. The study's authors cited two main possibilities: the children had immature immune systems that made the vaccine less protective, or the vaccine itself made them more susceptible to severe disease if they had never had dengue and later became infected. More than two years later, it turns out the latter was the primary factor - a revelation at the end of last month that has triggered alarm among hundreds of thousands of anxious parents in the Philippines, where the vaccine has been given to over 830,000 children. It has also torpedoed … [Read more...] about Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine?
As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country's "expertise" in research.At the time, it seemed the Philippines could be on the cusp of a breakthrough to combat a potentially lethal tropical virus that had been endemic in large parts of the Southeast Asian nation for decades.Almost two years later, the program lies in tatters and has been suspended after Sanofi Pasteur, a division of French drug firm Sanofi, said at the end of last month the vaccine itself may in some cases increase the risk of severe dengue in recipients not previously infected by the virus.Documents reviewed by Reuters that have not been disclosed until now, as well as interviews with local experts, show that key recommendations made by a Philippines Department of Health (DOH) advisory body of doctors and pharmacologists were not heeded before … [Read more...] about Philippines defied experts’ advice in pursuing dengue immunization program