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04 December 2017, 05:50 | Melissa Porter
Anti-dengue vaccine in Philippines 'may worsen symptoms'
"We assure the public that as per the Department of Health (DOH) there is now no reported case of severe dengue infection to the individuals who received one dose of dengue vaccine previous year", Roque said in a statement.
The move marks the second blow in a week to Sanofi's vaccine program after the Paris-based company on Wednesday said use of its new dengue vaccine will be strictly limited due to evidence it can worsen the disease in people who have not previously been exposed to the mosquito-borne virus.
"We will leave no stone unturned in making those responsible for this shameless public health scam which puts hundreds of thousands of young lives at risk accountable", Roque said in a statement.
Malacañang also assured the parents of the students who have been administered with the vaccine that there has been no case of severe dengue infection recorded by the DOH.
More than 730,000 public school children aged 9 and above in three highly endemic Philippine regions have received at least the first dose of Dengvaxia, the first licensed dengue vaccine that is manufactured by Sanofi.
He said a six-year clinical study found that although the vaccine was effective for those with prior dengue infection, it was not so for those who had never been infected.
"Our present health officials are serious in carrying out their mandate to always guard the health and physical well-being of our people, which includes intensifying surveillance and evaluation of our dengue vaccination program", Roque said.
Roque however urged the public not to spread information that may cause undue alarm.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the world's first dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, is not distributed or used by any health facility either in the public or private sector in this country.
Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi on Monday said there have been no reported deaths in the Philippines related to the P3.4 billion dengue vaccination program that has been suspended by the Philippine government.
Global Medical Head said there is a clear and sustained benefit in vaccinating individuals previously infected with dengue virus.
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