"It's Happened. We Have a Vaccine that Enhances Dengue" - We Should Listen to Experts
These were the words of the one of the world's leading experts on dengue and vaccines, Dr. Scott Halstead. He even added the following remarks after raising serious concerns regarding the mass dengue vaccination program launched in the Philippines:
|Above copied from the Philippine Star|
With regard to national leaders and policy makers, there are very important lessons to be learned. "Do no harm" is never a rule one can ignore. One cannot use the excuse of desperate circumstances. After all, things can always get worse. Simply because there seems to be an increase in hospitalization due to dengue, one is still and should never be justified to take unproven measures.
The Aquino administration bears full responsibility for the Dengvaxia fiasco. There is indeed plenty of opportunity to learn more about this unproven vaccine yet the Aquino administration even with huge financial challenges has managed to embark on a mass vaccination program in a short period of time. It is reckless and the funding itself seems unconstitutional.
This blog has followed how the Aquino administration instituted reforms in basic education and one can not fail to see a striking similarity. The haste, the recklessness, and the complete disregard of evidence-based research are all present. Not blaming how these leaders arrive irresponsibly at policies is really tantamount to not learning important lessons from these huge disasters that are of our own making. In these cases, placing blame is important. Otherwise, we will not change and will keep making the same mistakes over and over again.