Philippines says deaths in vaccine row 'consistent with' dengue - (Yahoo!News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Officials in the Philippines said that some of the 14 children who died after receiving Sanofi's dengue vaccine Dengvaxia exhibited signs of "severe dengue," as reported Yahoo!News.

  • More than 830 000 children in the country received the vaccine as part of the world's first nationwide dengue immunisation programme.

  • The Philippines halted sales of the vaccine last month after Sanofi revealed that the vaccine could lead to more severe illness in some patients.

  • Health secretary Francisco Duque said he has also asked Sanofi to refund approximately $30 million worth of unused vaccines.

  • Sanofi indicated that it was "saddened" to learn of the deaths of the children.

  • "Up to this date, there has been no death established to have been causally linked to the dengue vaccine, not even among the 40 000 people involved in the clinical trials conducted across 15 countries," Sanofi cautioned.

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