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Buti na lang may Dengvaxia! PNoy: Vaccine purchase needed to stop rise in dengue cases

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Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III insisted that Dengvaxia has helped the government in its anti-dengue program.

“Nung dumating yung vaccine nagkaroon tayo ng panibagong armas laban sa dengue,” said Aquino on Monday (June 4).

The former President recounted that back in 2010 there was growing dengue epidemic which needed to be addressed.

“That time ang incidents ng pag-angat, 1,409 percent increase,” he cited.

Aquino lamented this happened in spite of the fact the government did what it could to fight dengue based on World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and its own studies.

He also pointed out that Dengvaxia maker, Sanofi Pasteur, only warned that the vaccine might not effective to .2 percent who are sero-negative, those who were not exposed to dengue, and might get severe dengue.

Regardless, Aquino pointed out this does not mean that the alleged deaths can be attributed to Dengvaxia.

“To this day wala pang nagpapakita na ang Dengvaxia ay nakakamatay,” he said.

Aquino was at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday after being ordered to appear for the preliminary investigation of the complaint filed against him and his co-respondents regarding the vaccination program.

He hopes that the DOJ will eventually dismiss the case considering the complainants which included the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) may have committed forum shopping which is against the law.

“Itong complaint na ito may similarity sa complaint sa Comelec (Commission on Elections) at Ombudsman,” he pointed out. The VACC was also the complainant in the complaints before the Comelec and Ombudsman.