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VP Robredo raises concern over Dengvaxia case

Vice President Leni Robredo voiced out her concern to the anti-dengue vaccine administered to around 700,000 children which can led to danger as claimed by its manufacturer that could worsen the effects of the disease.

Robredo who was a former housing chief joined calls for accountability in the botched P3.5 billion dengue vaccination program that was suspended by the DOH.

“As soon as possible, kailangang magkaroon ito ng kasagutan ano iyong dapat gawin at iyong mga nagkasala, kailangang panagutin.”

She stressed it must be resolved as soon as possible because the vaccine could pose health risks to children after French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur revealed it.

“Kailangang masusing pag-aralan at panagutin iyong mga kailangang managot.”

The VP said the parties concerned must address the issue since the children were already vaccinated.

At least 733,000 children were received the first three Dengvaxia shots in the anti-dengue drive.

“Kailangan nilang malaman ano iyong kailangan nilang gawin—kung talagang mayroon itong masamang epekto, ano ba iyong puwedeng gawin para mailigtas naman iyong kanilang mga anak,” Robredo added.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the program will be on hold as departments review the consultation with key stakeholders, experts and the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile the Senate and the Department of Justice both announced that they would launch their own respective inquiries of the vaccine.

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