TAHIMIK PARIN ANG LP AT CHR?? 26 Dengvaxia child vaccinees have died


January 25 (Thursday) - During a press conference, the Department of Health (DOH) has disclosed the latest record of the number of children who died because of Dengvaxia vaccine, reaching to 26 in total.
“As of January 24, 2018, from the total of 837, we have admitted cases of 725 and out of that, 26 died. From March 2016 to January 19, the reported deaths were 21. But since last week until this week, we have another five deaths. So a total of 26… from March 2016 to January 24, 2018,” Health Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana said.

This statement was clarified by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, saying that there have been recorded dengue deaths even before the Dengvaxia was given to the children.

“The 725, these are the AEFI, these are the Adverse Effects Following Immunization. The way to contextualize this, even without Dengvaxia, there is a case fatality ratio. May namamatay talaga dahil sa dengue. You want to do a comparison, makikita ninyo the case fatality ratio is still below one percent,” Duque stated.

Laxamana noted that not all the 725 cases are dengue cases.

“Mayro’n kaming confirmatory…. Sa 725, ang na-confirm lang is 412 cases. So iyong iba roon hindi talaga maa-attribute sa dengue kasi nag-negative sila sa test,” she said.

According to Duque, the Phase 3 clinical trial period on Dengvaxia was still ongoing, started in June 2011, before the dengue vaccine program started in April 2016. If only the officials could have just waited for the conclusion, this would not happen.

“Iyong clinical trial nagsimula po sometime June of 2011. That’s supposed to be a six-year study for the Phase 3 clinical trial period. That’s six years or 72 months,” he said.
“They started giving the Dengvaxia as early 2016, March. The findings on the severe dengue came out after they concluded the Phase 3 in September of 2017. So if they had waited 2017, then they would have known they can’t give these Dengvaxia to children who never had dengue in the past, because that is exactly what the advisory of Sanofi says,” he added.

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Source:  news.mb.com.ph

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