Sale of mosquito-borne disease vaccine suddenly halted; ‘Hundreds of thousands of young lives at risk’
(AFP) The sale and distribution of Sanofi’s dengue vaccine has been suspended, Philippine authorities said Tuesday, after the French pharmaceutical giant last week warned it could worsen symptoms for people who had not previously been infected.
Vaccine pulled from the market to ‘protect the general public’
Regulators on Friday froze the country’s world first public immunization program that has seen more than 733,000 schoolchildren receive the Dengvaxia vaccine.
Authorities have now ordered a blanket suspension for private use as well.
“Whether (the vaccine) is used in the public health program or used by a private practitioner, it is the same product that was licensed.