Former DOH Undersecretary Reveals Dengue Vaccine Program Costs P3-Billion During PNoy's Term


One of the world's leading pharmaceutical company Sanofi released a public disclosure last November 29 in Paris saying that based on their new analysis of the long-term Dengvaxia data they found differences in vaccine performance based on whether or not the vaccine subject has had prior dengue infection. According to a former DOH Undersecretary the program also cost P3-billion which was implemented under the Aquino administration headed by DOH Sec. Garin



Sanofi's disclose states that, there are many factors that can lead to severe dengue infection. “However, the highest risk of getting more severe disease has been observed in people infected for the second time by a different dengue virus … For individuals who have not been previously infected by dengue virus, vaccination should not be recommended.”

The controversial issue and belated findings is of no small consequences in the Philippines because of the Department of Health's Dengue School-based Immunization Program had already started, during the term of former Health Secretary Janette Garin, an appointtee of former Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III.

Starting school year 2015-2016, DOH administered the dengue vaccines covering hundreds of thousands of public school pupils nine years and older enrolled in Grade IV, and administered in three six-month interval doses up to June 2016.

Several reports showed that the great majority of those pupils have certainly not had been previously infected by dengue.

Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, former DOH undersecretary and chief of staff and international public health expert and communication strategist, remarked in a Facebook post: “This is the biggest government funded clinical-trial-masked-as-a-public-health-program scam of an experimental drug in the history of the DOH.”

Dr. Mercado observed that the program cost the Philippines PhP3 billion for the vaccines “and so much more now for the risks, anxiety and even lives that are now endangered.

“This was reckless and irresponsible from the start and the public was deceived into thinking this vaccine would protect children from dengue.

“The public health community has been outraged for over a year. Legal action is now necessary. Families should be compensated for damages and the decision-makers behind this deal should be brought to justice.

“We need a core group of lawyers for a legal strategy. As several countries are involved multiple organizations for the protection of children should join forces.”

Source: InterAksyon


Former DOH Undersecretary Reveals Dengue Vaccine Program Costs P3-Billion During PNoy's Term Former DOH Undersecretary Reveals Dengue Vaccine Program Costs P3-Billion During PNoy's Term Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 12/02/2017 Rating: 5

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