MANILA - Former Health Secretary Janette Garin on Monday warned the Department of Health against "misinformation" as the government reviews the possible return of Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine in the local market.
In a statement, the Iloilo first district representative thanked Malacañang for its openness to the idea of allowing the return of the vaccine amid the rise in dengue cases in the country.
Garin said the DOH should listen to experts and avoid "fake news."
“We have real vaccinologists and immunologists in the country who have studied dengue. We can also get experts from other countries to help us. But let us not hinder developments in health and protection of the public just because a few doctors who are anti-vaxxers are making noise," she said.
A Palace official earlier expressed openness to making Dengvaxia available again in the country.
The Food and Drug Administration permanently revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia in February, about a year after Sanofi admitted that the drug can cause more severe symptoms among those who have not had dengue.
Dengvaxia maker Sanofi Pasteur, however, has appealed the revocation.
In the possible reintroduction of the dengue vaccine, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government would act with “utmost caution” and would consider the opinion of the World Health Organization and medical experts.
Garin has urged the DOH to make the vaccine available in the country anew.
She was among those who faced the nationally televised hearings on Dengvaxia, which was given to some 830,000 school children during the term of former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.