Almost 400 Dengvaxia victims and members of child-focused groups participated in an advocacy run to call for justice and accountability in relation to the infamous vaccination disaster.
Both the previous and current administrations are accountable for the Dengvaxia fiasco. Aquino inked and implemented the program while Duterte continued it. In fact, two of the three vaccines were administered to almost 800,000 children during the time of Duterte.
Both camps are politicking the issue, taking no notice of the importance of promptly responding to the health concerns of the children affected. As of this moment, thousands of children are still in need of medical attention. And due to the mishandling of the issue, it resulted to unnecessary fear and panic among children and parents.
Recent reports are claiming that in some areas parents refuse to avail themselves of other vaccines due to Dengvaxia scare.
Aside from accountability, Sanofi Pasteur should refund the P3.5-billion payment for Dengvaxia.
It is alarming that the government did not react on the recent statement of Sanofi that they will not refund the whole P3.5 billion budget for Dengvaxia. The government should exhaust all possible means to oblige the pharmaceutical company to refund the entire payment for the vaccine, that is if Duterte is sincere in solving this issue.
Rep. Johnny Pimentel’s statement clearing former president Aquino from liability on Dengvaia fiasco is also an outright disrespect not just to the victims of the vaccine but also to the principles of logic. The house panel should be informed that Aquino pushed the mass vaccination even after the World Health Organization’s warning about its side effects. (Eule Rico Bonganay, secretary general of Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns)