As a mother myself, I was so saddened about the news about the families of the children who died from the first round of Dengvaxia vaccine inoculations, the world’s first vaccine against dengue, and the investigation report clearing the government from liabilities of administering Dengvaxia. As protests against the botched Dengvaxia government vaccination program is still ongoing at the moment, I ask myself sometimes these questions: Why did the Philippine Government allow Sanofi, the Dengvaxia vaccine manufacturer, to sell and administer those vaccines to the Philippines without proper and full advice of its requirements and limitations?
And why did we administer the public vaccination program in the first place to more than 700,000 children without the proper safety measures and precautions that a giant drug manufacturing company should have provided us in the first place?
And now, we are running after Sanofi with all these evidence and allegations that they have been in the wrong position NOT TO HAVE ADVISED US on this life and death matter?
The Responsibility of the Philippine Government
Any which way we look at it, there is obviously some form of collusion between the government of former Philippine President Noynoy Aquino and that of the Sanofi representatives on the sale of a US$3.5 billion vaccination program involving Dengvaxia vaccines. These were purchased supposedly to counter a worsening dengue “epidemic” that affected most of the towns in the capital and central Luzon areas.
We can’t really look the other way and say that the Philippine Government was taken by surprise in this fiasco.
And because it occurred in very suspicious circumstances during an election year at that, then it is very likely that the sale was to beef up the support of voters in that area where the Dengvaxia inoculations occurred. According to Senator Richard Gordon, the Senate Committee Chairman currently investigating the Dengvaxia controversy, the three areas of the NCR, Region III and Region IV where the vaccinations happened are also the areas where the greatest voters are located. Is it just coincidental that these areas are also the regions with the most recorded dengue cases and have been prioritized under the program?
Should we have a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Considering that most of our vaccines are part of an ongoing campaign and collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and that approval of the Dengvaxia vaccination program was given by the WHO, perhaps it is about time that we also form our own National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
The U.S.’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
On October 1, 1988, the U.S.’s Vaccine Act was formed. The Vaccine Act establishes a vaccine program by which a “no-fault compensation program” was aired and tried on petitions for monetary contribution from victims of vaccine inoculations. Such cases and petitions are tried in what they call a “Vaccine Court” to determine if the plea was real, a direct offshoot of one of the existing vaccine programs.
As of today, the U.S’s. Vaccine Court has managed to pay a total of US$3.8 billion to the families of the victims, a hefty sum to appease the afflicted.
Apparently, Big Pharma is really serious about cleaning its tracks from all these vaccines. The horrible part of this deal is that the Vaccine Act provides immunity for the drug companies while the hearings are conducted and while the petitions are discussed.
If you were one of the parents of the Dengvaxia vaccination program, would you take the money from the government and Big Pharma and shut your mouth about the whole incident? It is depressing but this thing is also sadly happening here.
If we can have a Vaccine Court, we can still go after the real killers of these children and they have no recourse but to comply. I just so wish we can do that. However, I caution that the Vaccine Court should not be tainted or influenced by Big Pharma whatsoever! It is there to help the victims of the vaccine programs cope at least for the costs of having their children hospitalized.
What about you, do you believe a vaccine court will be helpful in paying for the costs and expenses these unfortunate families incurred, even though it cannot fully compensate for the loss of their loved ones? Share your opinions in the comments section below.