Philippines Officials Over Dengue Vaccination Deaths

As Philippines standing on its ban on the world’s first dengue vaccine while declaring a nationwide epidemic from the mosquito-borne disease; that it saying has killing hundreds this year. over the deaths of children injecting with its Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine. Dengvaxia in a mass immunisation programme; but Sanofi disclosed a year later that it could worsen symptoms for people not previously infected by the dengue virus.

But this banning the sale, import and distribution of the Dengvaxia vaccine in February following the deaths of several dozen children; who were among more than 700,000 people giving shots in 2016 and 2017 in a government immunisation campaign. Dengue incidence shot up 98% from a year earlier to 146,062 cases from January 1 to July 20, causing 662 deaths. The disclosure sparked a nationwide panic; with some parents alleging the vaccine killed their children.

Dengue vaccination Deaths

But the government is studying an appeal to allow French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi to put the vaccine back in the Philippine market; but ruling out using the drug to combat the ongoing epidemic; which has hit small children hard. This vaccine does not squarely address the most vulnerable group which is the 5-9 years of age. The vaccine, now licensed in 20 countries according to the World Health Organization, is approved for use for those aged nine and older.

As dengue, or haemorrhagic fever, is the world’s most common mosquito-borne virus and infects an estimated 390 million people in more than 120 countries each year killing more than 25,000 of them; according to the WHO. The Philippines in 2016 became the first nation to use Dengvaxia in a mass immunisation programme. But controversy arose after Sanofi disclosed a year later that it could worsen symptoms for people not previously infected by the dengue virus.

Risks involved in the vaccine

The disclosure sparked a nationwide panic, with some parents alleging the vaccine killed their children. Members of the board of Sanofi Pasteur actively advertised, in fact marketed the drug; despite knowledge of the risks involved in the vaccine, despite knowledge of the risks involved in its use. The disclosure sparked a nationwide panic, with some parents alleging the vaccine killed their children.

The controversy also triggered a vaccine scare that the government said was a factor behind measles outbreaks that the UN Children’s Fund said have killed more than 200 people this year. Duque on Tuesday called on other government agencies, schools, offices and communities get out of offices; homes and schools every afternoon to take part in efforts to “search and destroy mosquito breeding sites.