Dengvaxia vaccine issue was politicized - Pres. Noy Aquino

Dengvaxia vaccine issue was politicized - Pres. Noy Aquino

Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has voiced out his frustrations about the highly controversial anti-dengue vaccine “Dengvaxia” saying that those who caused panic are with politics and bad motives should be held liable for causing unnecessary undue harm to the public.
“The thing that could have protected the health of our citizens cannot deliver anymore because of politics and a lot of bad motivation,” Aquino said.

The former chief executive have been at the receiving end of public backlash and criticism over what transpired with the Dengvaxia controversy, where hundred died due to the vaccine scare and the dengue related deaths, he laments that the persons behind the scare should be held accountable.

Former President Benigno "noynoy Aquino III
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“The protection that could have been given to a lot of people was not given... It is like scandal and alarm. If there are people who were killed, they should be held liable,”,Aquino said.
In November 2017, Sanofi, manufacturer of anti dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, released a statement wherein it explains that the results of their long study showed Dengvaxia could cause an increased risk to those who are seronegative or not yet infected with dengue.
The report from Sanofi, prompted the Duterte administration to stop the P3.5 billion vaccination program.

As per DOH data from Jan. 1 to July 13, there were 130,463 dengue cases – including 561 deaths. This is higher than the 67,690 cases, including 367 deaths, recorded during the same period in 2018. 

Vindication for Aquino and his cabinet

Malacanang through its spokeperson Atty Salvador Panelo said it was open to making Dengvaxia vaccine available again if experts declare it to be effective in addressing the rising cases of dengue in the Philippines, citing the need for serious study.
Aquino and some of his cabinet members are facing charges as a result of the Dengvaxia scandal.

Aquino was asked, if Malacanang’s openness to the possibility of using Dengvaxia again is a vindication with respect to their reasons then.
“They let the wrong thoughts spread. They scared the public. Now, even if the Palace says it is safe to use, the fears of the people are still there,” he said.

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