Tag: dengue vaccine
Philippine justice department prosecutors found grounds to hold Sanofi officials criminally liable for 'reckless imprudence resulting in homicide'.
The vaccine had been pulled off the shelves after being suspended for over a year.
Their decisions on how the vaccine was rolled out could set back efforts to combat dengue by a generation, some disease experts say.
The Formulary Executive Council (FEC) of advisers urged caution over the vaccine because it said its safety and cost-effectiveness had not been established.
Authorities have now ordered a blanket suspension for private use as well.
The harm outweighs the benefits, it says.
The Philippines’ Department of Health halted the use of the Dengvaxia vaccine after Sanofi said it must be strictly limited due to evidence it can worsen the disease in people not previously exposed to the infection.
Sanofi announced that its world-first dengue vaccine could lead to more severe symptoms for people who had not previously been infected.
Deputy health minister Hilmi Yahaya says the dengue vaccine is still being studied as the vaccine does not work on everybody.
Deputy Health Minister Hilmi Yahya says decision on its use would be announced mid year but points out that the vaccine does not cover all four types of dengue.