Sanofi denies ‘deaths due to vaccine

Sanofi Pasteur Philippines dismissed as “misinformation” the claim that three children died after getting administered with the dengue vaccine it created.
Its medical director, Dr. Ruby Dizon, insisted in a news conference that the reported deaths were not caused by Dengvaxia.
Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption said yesterday that exposure to the vaccine reportedly killed three children.
Member Dante Jimenez urged the Justice department to order the exhumation and examination of the remains.
“We request the secretary of Justice to ask the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to conduct an exhumation because this is really serious,” Jimenez said.
“We are coordinating with affiliates in Region 3 to get further details on the three children,” he said, adding that they also sought from Health secretary Francisco Duque III the names of those vaccinated in regions 3 and 4-A and the National Capital Region.
This is “misinformation,” Dizon stressed.
“Contrary to what they are saying, there are no reported deaths related to the dengue vaccine,” she said. “An independent expert committee had judged the deaths as not related to the vaccinations.”
“Hindi nakukuha iyong severe dengue from the vaccine. Hindi dahil nabakunahan kaya nagkaroon ng severe dengue,” she added. “Iyong virus nakukuha iyan sa exposure, hindi sa vaccine.”
Sanofi Pasteur also said it will not recall Dengvaxia.
“So far, with all the agencies we’ve spoken with, no one has asked for a product recall,” Dr. Ng Su Peing, global medical head, told a news conference.
Ng said the manufacturer will inform doctors about new information on the vaccine “through direct communication … by letter [and] through medical education activities.”
Ministries of health of various countries will also be informed so “they can issue their own circulars and memos to the doctors,” she added.
Ng said Sanofi Pasteur “would not recommend vaccination” for those who have not experienced dengue.