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Malacañang Supports UP-PGH Study Stating That Deaths Not Related to Dengvaxia, PAO Disagrees




Malacañang is now supporting the findings of University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), which concluded that the deaths of Filipino children is not related to the controversial Dengvaxia vaccination. However, the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) does not agree with it, and has a different point of view on the issue.

“Itong unang report po nila mukha namang makakahinga na tayo nang mas mabuti, mga nanay at tatay, dahil mukhang hindi po related sa Dengavaxia iyong katorse na naulat na namatay di-umano dahil diyan sa bakunang iyan,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Saturday, February 3 in a press briefing in Malacañang.

(Their first report appears to providing a relief to parents, because it seems that the 14 reported deaths were not related to the Dengvaxia vaccination.)

“Ibig sabihin, hindi gumana iyong Dengvaxia. Pero ‘yan po ay mabuting balita doon sa 830,000 na mga nanay/tatay na naa-abala at natatakot na baka may banta sa buhay ng kanilang mga anak,” He added, referring to the UP-PGH study saying that only 3 out of 14 children who died because of dengue despite being vaccinated.

(It means that the vaccine did not work. But that is good news to the parents of the 830,000 children who are worried and afraid that the lives of their children are at risk.)

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As presented to media on Friday by Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo, the UP-PGH Dengue Investigative Task Force concluded that 3 of the 14 death cases were found to have causal association, and that they died of dengue even if they were given Dengvaxia. On the other hand, two of them may have died because of vaccine failure.

In addition, 6 out of the 14 children died of other diseases, but got sick and died within 30 days after vaccination. Domingo noted that these children did not die of dengue, and that there is no clear evidence that their deaths are connected to Dengvaxia. Another 3 cases were also not related to Dengvaxia, while the remaining 2 are still unknown.

On the other hand, PAO (which was tasked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the deaths) questioned the credibility of the UP-PGH study. Earlier, PAO chief Persida Acosta said that the DOH itself is being questioned to the Dengavaxia issue, and medical experts linked to them should not conduct the study.

In a Facebook post this Saturday, PAO lamented that the UP-PGH findings is not scientific considering that no tissue samples were used to investigate the death cases. The agency added that the 6 children who died have undergone 3 Dengvaxia vaccinations, and therefore have completed the vaccination processes.

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