Public Trust and the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign: Lessons from the Philippines as it Emerges from the Dengvaxia Controversy
While the entire world prepares and begins to roll out COVID-19 vaccines; the Philippines is still reeling from the consequences of the Dengvaxia controversy in 2016. Those highly political events led to the erosion of public trust in leaders and a significant damage to vaccine confidence in the country; now potentially impacting the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines. We discuss how public trust and confidence can be rehabilitated through accountability; transparency and proper communication from the most trusted sources of the population. We also highlight key messages from policymakers and leaders on allowing science to take the front seat; and politics behind; for the safety and well-being of the people during this public health crisis.