Dengue vaccines only after more research: Official

12 July 2017 10:00 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In-depth research needs to be carried out before introducing dengue vaccines including the newly proposed vaccine which is to be introduced in Sri Lanka by the pharmaceutical company known as Sanofi Pasteur, Dengue Eradication Unit’s Community Specialist Dr. Priscilla Samaraweera said today.

She said this particular vaccine had several minor issues when it was in the process of being introduced earlier in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the GMOA told Daily Mirror that according to reports a trial session had been carried out recently in the Puttalam District in an effort to introduce this dengue vaccine in Sri Lanka.

GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge said this particular company needed to get the approval of the Epidemiology Unit and the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) to introduce such a vaccine.

“Introduction of this vaccine to Sri Lanka should be carried out on a scientific basis. It is also necessary to consider the results of the trial sessions before it is approved,” he said.

However, our sister paper, the Daily FT recently reported that Sanofi Pasteur was to introduce its dengue vaccine in Sri Lanka and was awaiting Health Ministry approval for use in Sri Lanka.

A company spokesman said Sanofi Pasteur had introduced this vaccine successfully in 17 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brazil and Mexico.

“Sanofi Pasteur is cooperating fully and in a transparent manner with the regulatory authorities to find the best solution to the health issues faced by Sri Lankans and help bring down the human suffering and the burden on the country,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 6

  • Anusha Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:23 AM

    Whats the delay? if this as been introduced in 17 countries we should implement it soon.

    Rasheed Thursday, 13 July 2017 02:56 PM

    May be she is still negotiating the percentage.

    Leo Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:24 AM

    I have a feeling the GMOA will look to either stop it or clain they invented it. Such a shame that a high ranked profession as doctors have no respect in Sri Lanka. via DM Android App

    Gamage Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:21 AM

    Seems that vaccine is not very effective

    lakstan Thursday, 13 July 2017 02:56 PM

    may be unable to convince the supplier for a good commission.

    goffy Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:15 PM

    Ministry is blocking to register senofi as competitive to ministry vaccine is being testing now via DM Android App

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