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Philippines halts sale of Sanofi dengue vaccine

Philippines halts sale of Sanofi dengue vaccine

Brazilian health regulator Anvisa, in an emailed statement to Reuters, said it had not received any reports of vaccine recipients dying or falling more severely ill because of the drug.

"The WHO position paper did not include a recommendation to countries to introduce the dengue vaccine into their national immunization programs".

Almost 734,000 children aged 9 and over in the Philippines have received one dose of the vaccine as part of a program that cost 3.5 billion pesos ($69.54 million).

"As far as we know, as far as we are made aware, there are no reported deaths that are related to dengue vaccination", said Ruby Dizon, medical director at Sanofi Pasteur Philippines.

Some good news? United States researchers have found that a Zika vaccine, which Sanofi dropped in September over pricing, produced strong responses in more than 90% of those taking part in an early-stage clinical trial.

De Guzman also confirmed "there were no recipients of the Dengvaxia vaccine in Pangasinan" because of lower dengue cases a year ago compared with other places in the country.

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"These included the following: first, use of the vaccine should only be considered in areas where a high proportion (preferably at least 70%) of the community had already been exposed to the virus; second, the vaccine should only be provided to people 9 years of age and above; and third, people being vaccinated should receive 3 doses", it said.

The outcry of dengue in Southeast Asia and the confusion and concern regarding its vaccine in the Philippines is something people in and moving to the region must be wary of, as many may be rushing to protect themselves and their family from various exotic diseases.

"In the event that there will be authorities who will point culpability to me, I am ready to face the consequences", she told ANC TV.

As of November 2017, about 733,713 Filipino children have been given the anti-dengue vaccine. Since previous year, 733,713 children have been vaccinated by the Department of Health in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne tropical disease.

An analysis of long-term clinical data had revealed that, in individuals who had never contracted dengue, the vaccine could make subsequent infections more severe. Although it is not as serious as malaria, it is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world, killing about 20,000 people a year and infecting hundreds of millions.


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