Monday, December 11, 2017

The mystery surrounding the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy: A midnight deal?

Much has been said following the public disclosure of Sanofi-Pasteur, the French pharmaceutical giant responsible for creating the now-controversial anti-dengue vaccine, about its own drug created called Dengvaxia.
The mystery surrounding the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy: A midnight deal?
Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin | Photo from Rappler

But if we are to focus on the nitty-gritty of this unscrupulous transaction made by the previous Aquino government and put such in scrutiny, we might know soon enough the kind of justice that the victims of this negligent act caused by our previous leader's ineptitude deserve.

The magical moola

With the former health secretary Janette Garin now on the hot seat, one can't help but wonder: who are the people that funded her, and her delegation's, trip to Paris? What were the things they have had up their sleeves back then?

According to her, as part of the World Health Assembly, the agency who funded their trip was the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.

To which she said the side trip was the plant visit. She added though that this was due to the country's inquiry regarding the manufacturing of the vaccines locally.

Holy Grail?
The mystery surrounding the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy: A midnight deal?
Product photo - Dengvaxia vaccine | Photo from Google

Garin said “Ang punto nila is, if you want technical expertise on vaccine manufacturing, hindi lang technical expertise ang kulang nyo kundi lugar”.

“Normally, pharmaceutical companies build industrial facilities only after the licensing and approval of the product.”, the latter added.

Reportedly, a whopping €300 million facility was a “big investment” for the Sanofi-Pasteur's part.

In a time (May 2015) where no country yet had gave such product the green light, this event took place.

In April of 2016, the French Pharmaceutical giant submitted an application for them to market the anti-dengue vaccine in European Union states and also to the countries close to it that are non-EU members: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

However, as of this writing, no decision has been finalized about it yet.

The European Medicines Agency is reportedly has yet to release a decision  in the second quarter of next year, 2018.
Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin | Photo from Google

Source: ABS-CBN News

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