Palace assures: No severe dengue case yet

Dengue vaccine vials

According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, those behind the program will be held responsible and that the Department of Health (DOH) is now closely monitoring those who have received the vaccine.

Initial reports received by the DoJ showed that dengue vaccination program was approved by the previous administration despite strong objections from medical experts for lack of certification from the World Health Organization (WHO).

"We will leave no stone unturned in making those responsible for this shameless public health scam, which put hundreds of thousands of young lives at risk, accountable", Roque said.

While Sanofi's Dengvaxia is the first-ever approved vaccine for dengue, scientists already recognized it was not ideal and did not protect equally against the four different types of the virus in clinical tests.

Hundreds of thousands of youngsters in the Philippines, from ages nine and up, received a dose past year and Department of Health (DOH) spokesman Eric Tayag said the country is preparing for the "worst-case scenario", Sky News said.

He also urged the public to check if a pharmaceutical product is registered by checking its hologram seal and that it is labelled with a legitimate product registration number.

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The controversy over the Dengvaxia vaccine broke out after its manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, came out with an advisory stating that the vaccine is effective for people who have had dengue prior to immunization, but citing a risk of a "severe" case of dengue for people who have not.

Dengvaxia is the culmination of over two decades of scientific innovation, collaboration, and research involving 25 clinical studies in 15 countries around the world.

"Approval is only given for the Dengvaxia to be used in Phase IV clinical trials aimed at getting more information on the safety of the vaccine".

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.

More than 730,000 children could be at risk after being given a vaccine which could make Dengue fever worse.

The Philippine Foundation for Vaccination earlier noted that on average, over 110,000 Filipinos get sick of dengue every year and that the country spends an estimated P16.7 billion annually due to dengue.

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