"Aquino Has No Concern for the Filipino Children and Their Parents"
The results are summarized in the following figure:
For severe dengue, the risk in vaccinated seronegative individuals is six times higher than those who have not been vaccinated. The Manila Standard reports Aquino's continuing adamancy on this issue:
Former President Benigno Aquino III said Monday the benefits of an anti-dengue vaccine that was administered to 830,000 children under his watch outweighed the risks.I am not sure where Aquino gets the 0.2 percent number. Nonetheless, a perspective from Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum published in the same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine highlights the morality that Aquino sorely misses:
He said the vaccine was effective for 30 months after it is given and only 0.2 percent of those who did not have previous dengue infections would likely suffer from a severe infection.
We wouldn’t, for instance, prematurely end the life of a man who’s had a disabling stroke, even though his organs could be used to save five other patients’ lives.And as Rosenbaum points out, the damage goes much farther than placing serongative children at greater risk of severe dengue:
Dengvaxia vaccination campaigns may cause public backlash leading not only to decreased dengue-vaccination rates, but to heightened skepticism about all vaccines.Aquino's rationale for dengvaxia is probably no different from his rationale for his ill-designed K to 12 curriculum in basic education. He probably does the same calculation to convince himself that the greater good is achieved, never mind if there are casualties. Basic education is not about greater numbers or percentage. Basic education is education for all. And all means all, the same way we apply morality in medicine.