Sanofi Pasteur optimistic Dengvaxia will be restored in PH market

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 15, 2019   •   2066

French Pharmaceutical firm, Sanofi Pasteur expressed optimism that the Dengvaxia vaccine will be restored in the Philippine market.

In a statement, Sanofi Pasteur Philippines General Manager Jean Antoine Zinsou said they are open for a discussion with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH).

He also clarified that Dengvaxia is safe and effective to use.

According to Zinsou, the said vaccine was only banned in the Philippines because of incomplete documents or due to “administrative consideration.”

“We definitely need to settle this issue. One way to do it is to discuss with FDA and see what is needed to have this revocation lifted,” he said.

Zinsou also said Dengvaxia is registered in 20 countries across the globe and is acknowledged by the United States Food Drug Administration and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Meanwhile, Sanofi agrees with the DOH that Dengvaxia is not a solution to the Dengue epidemic in the country.

READ: Dengvaxia won’t bring dengue cases down – DOH

“The vaccines that we are mentioning is not a solution or a silver bullet for the ongoing outbreak. We are open to any discussion with the health authorities to see what is needed, what do they need for the future,” Zinsou said.

In February this year, the FDA revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia.

Sanofi already filed an appeal two weeks ago and the DOH will release their decision on the issue on August 19.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Aklan calls for more COVID-19 vaccines, medical supplies amid surge in cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 4, 2021

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores is calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to provide additional COVID-19 vaccines, medical supplies and equipment as the province battles surging cases.

Humihingi kami ng tulong sa IATF na, kung pwede, bigyan pa kami ng additional equipment and medicine supplies for our COVID-19 response,” he said.

During a virtual public briefing on Wednesday (August 4), Miraflores said that Aklan has logged 184 deaths from March last year to the present.

From May to July, the average daily attack rate in the province recorded an increase and is now at 22%. The official also reported that more than 80% of COVID-19 beds are already occupied.

Miraflores added that they have appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to put the province under stricter quarantine classification, from general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).


Mga buntis at nagpapasuso, hinikayat magpabakuna vs banta ng COVID-19 Delta variant

Robie de Guzman   •   August 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hinimok ng Department of Health (DOH) ang mga buntis at nagpapasuso na magpabakuna na kontra COVID-19 sa harap ng banta ng mas nakakahawang Delta variant at iba pang coronavirus variants.

Ayon kay DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, kasama sila sa mga itinuturing na vulnerable population na prayoridad ng pamahalaan na mabigyan ng COVID-19 shots.

Aniya, sang-ayon ang DOH sa pahayag ng health authorities sa United Kingdom na mataas ang posibilidad na magkaroon ng severe COVID-19 infection ang mga buntis, lalo na kung hindi sila bakunado.

Ayon kay Vergeire, maaari namang magpabakuna ang mga nagdadalantao pagkatapos ng kanilang first trimester o unang tatlong buwan.

“Maaari pong magpabakuna 2nd trimester at pataas,” ani Vergeire.

Gayunman, hindi sila maaaring turukan ng Sputnik V na gawa ng Gamaleya Research Institute dahil bawal ito sa mga buntis at nagpapasuso.

“Hindi po nila pwedeng tanggapin ang Gamaleya vaccine or Sputnik V because specific to the indication of Sputnik V, bawal po siya sa mga buntis at nagpapasuso. Other than that, all the other vaccines it is acceptable na ibigay po sa kanila,” ani Vergeire.

Sa kasalukuyan, nasa 216 na ang kaso ng Delta variant sa Pilipinas.

Nasa 17 ang nananatiling aktibo, 190 ang gumaling na habang 9 naman ang nasawi.

Sa mga aktibong kaso, 15 ang local cases at dalawa ang returning overseas Filipinos. Sa kabuuan ay nasa 165 ang local cases ng Delta variant sa bansa.

Batay sa bagong pag-aaral, ang isang carrier ng Delta variant ay posibleng makapanghawa ng lima hanggang walong indibiduwal sa loob lamang ng ilang segundo.

Nasa 1,000 beses rin na mas madami ang viral load ng isang positibo sa Delta variant kumpara sa ibang COVID-19 variants of concern.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng DOH na magpapatuloy ang pagbabakuna sa mga priority sector kahit mas hinigpitan ang community quarantine restrictions sa ilang panig ng bansa.

Payo naman ng DOH sa mga lokal na pamahalaan, seguruhing maluwag at may sapat na bentilasyon ang vaccination sites.

Dapat ring iwasan ang pagkukumpulan ng mga magpapabakuna at kailangang nasusunod ang minimum public health standards.

Dapat rin aniyang masunod ang scheduling ng pagbabakuna at ipagbawal ang walk-in.

“Walk-ins will not be allowed. There will be pre-registration. Magkakaroon po ng strict rescheduling para hindi po nagkakaroon ng mass gatherings sa ating bakunahan,” ani Vergeire.

“Dapat ang local governments (mag-provide) ng transportation for these vaccinees dahil alam natin limitado ang transportasyon kapag ECQ po ang ating gagawin,” dagdag pa niya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Phl logs 8,735 new COVID-19 infections; total active cases at 63,646

Maris Federez   •   August 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 8,735 new coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) infections, raising the total active cases to 63,646.

The reported new infections brought the country’s overall tally to 1,597,689.

This is the third straight day that more than 8,000 cases were recorded in the country.

Of the said active cases, 94% are mild, 1.3% are asymptomatic, 2.1% are severe, and 1.2% are in critical condition.

The department has also recorded 5,930 recoveries, bringing the total number of patients who recuperated from said respiratory illness to 1,506,027.

The death toll climbed to 28,016 with 127 new fatalities.

Meanwhile, the DOH said 11 duplicates were removed from the total case count.

On the other hand, nine cases previously tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases, while 70 cases that were previously marked as recoveries have been reclassified as deaths after final validation. —/mbmf


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