Bam says cousin Noynoy was 'Responsible' for Dengvaxia program but issue was 'Politicized'

Bam Aquino | Noynoy Aquino | CTTO

On Friday, February 22, 2019, Senator Bam Aquino IV said his cousin, former President Benigno Aquino III, was allegedly 'responsible' for the utilization of the disputable Dengvaxia, an anti-dengue vaccine which immunization program was ended across the nation, yet included that the issue was 'politicized.'

Senator Bam, in an interview, said that his cousin is indeed responsible of Dengvaxia on the grounds that he settled on a choice to get it in, hence, added that regardless of whether Dengvaxia led to those passings or not is extremely the question, which he thinks was overstated politically.

"Yes, he is responsible for Dengvaxia because he made a decision to bring it in. Now, whether Dengvaxia did lead to those deaths or not is really the question na palagay ko napulitika na talaga," he said. 

Former President Noynoy Aquino | Photo credit to Inquirer
It can be recalled that amid the Aquino administration, thousands of schoolchildren were immunized with Dengvaxia, however, Sanofi, a French drug-maker, unveiled in 2017 that the antibody could cause increasingly serious side effects for those children who have not had dengue, thus, this provoked the administration to end the dengue inoculation drive.

Additionally, it was reported that the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia was permanently revoked by The Food and Drug Administration because of Sanofi's determined inability to submit post-approval commitment documents.

Last year though, former President Aquino and a few of his Cabinet secretaries were charged with plunder, malversation and graft before the Office of the Ombudsman for their involvement in the Dengvaxia program.

Dengvaxia | CTTO
Meanwhile, earlier this month, House health committee likewise suggested the filing of criminal and administrative charges against those officials involved, thus, the Public Attorney's Office had also filed several complaints on supposed passings due to Dengvaxia.

On the other hand, PAO Chief Persida Acosta has experienced harsh criticism for allegedly fueling anti-vaccination hysteria,which prompted vaccination inclusion falling to just 40 percent a year ago.

Senator Bam then said that Acosta was partly responsible for Dengvaxia scare.

"She contributed to it (Dengvaxia scare)," he said.

He likewise pronounced that the Department of Health (DOH), professors, doctors and several health experts said that there is actually no settled connection among Dengvaxia and dengue passings, purportedly because of the said vaccine.

Bam Aquino | Photo credit to RMN 
"The DOH (Department of Health) and a lot of the professors and doctors who have come out have said that's not proven. Hindi mo masasabing Gospel truth 'yan," the senator said.

Senator Bam who is running as a reelectionist in the midterm elections, asked a stop in "blame game" that has added to the reduction of the Health department's immunization rate, thus, said that correspondingly over a hundred children have passed away from measles,a vaccine-preventable disease.

He also asked to put politics aside and aim attention on the children.

"Set politics aside and focus on the children. May mga batang namamatay from a disease na may vaccine. How crazy is that?" Senator Bam ended

Source: ABS-CBN News

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