A US-based dengue expert on Tuesday said he was upset that more than 800,000 Filipino schoolchildren were immunized with the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccine without subjecting them first to blood tests. Halstead said he was “quite upset” that the immunization went ahead even after he warned drug maker Sanofi Pasteur that blood tests should have been conducted first so that the vaccine would be given only to those who had dengue before. ADVERTISEMENTRights violationThe blood test was not done prior to the mass vaccination, which Sen. Richard Gordon said violated the right of parents and children to informed consent. ADVERTISEMENTHealth Secretary Francisco Duque III said it may take a yearor two before they can mass produce the kits to test all those given Dengvaxia for dengue prior to vaccination. Duque also said that the health department would train personnel to provide counseling to parents and children.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer March 13, 2018 23:10 UTC