MANILA, Philippines — Senator JV Ejercito insists that the hundreds of thousands of individuals who were injected with Dengvaxia vaccine should be closely monitored, especially the children.
Ejercito added that the government should create a task force that would collaborate agencies like Department of Health (DOH), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Philippine Medical Association.
The lawmaker said a budget should also be allotted for the monitoring.
“Nakakalungkot kung sakasakali man. Hindi na nga napakinabangan gagastusan pa natin to monitor the effects of those who were given vaccines,” said Ejercito.
(It’s sad. We cannot even use it yet we need to spend more to monitor its effects on those who were given the vaccines.)
Ejercito also filed a bill that would institutionalize the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) separate from the Department of Health in order to act as an independent institution.
FDA is the one that approves or allows drugs to be distributed in the market.
“Alam naman po natin na halimbawa yung secretary of health or whoever DOH higher officials would recommend a certain product, alangan namang pumalag yang FDA head kung saka-sakali. We just want to make sure that they are not compromised,” said the senator.
(We all know that once a secretary of health or whoever DOH higher official would recommend a certain product, it’s seldom that an FDA head would oppose. We just want to make sure that they are not compromised.)
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will hold a hearing on Monday on the issue of Dengvaxia which is expected to delve into the circumstances that led to a “shortcut” in the procurement of the vaccine.
“Titingnan natin kung yung Food and Drug [Administration] kung gaano katagal sila mag-apply. Titingnan natin kung gaano katagal inaprubahan itong Sanofi Pasteur and that I would want to find out,” said the Ejercito.
(We’ll see how long the Food and Drug [Administration] would apply. We will look into the duration of the process as to how long the duration was before Sanofi Pasteur was approved. That I would want to find out.)
Ejercito also advised former President Benigno Aquino III to speak and shed light on the matter.
“Hindi naman sa pinagbibintangan natin siya pero kasi nga sa init ng issue ngayon talagang hindi mo maiiwas na pag-isipan, abay bakit prior to procurement bakit nagkaroon ng dalawang meetings. Baka naman co-incidence pero maganda siya nalang mag explain,” he said.
(It’s not that we’re blaming him, but amid the burning issue, you can’t help but question: why had there been two meetings prior to procurement? It could be a coincidence but it’s better for him to explain.) — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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