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Garin tries to block Atienza’s speech on Dengvaxia, tetanus vaccines

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza's claim that the Dengvaxia scare supposedly caused the return of polio does not sit well with Iloilo Representative Janette Garin

CLASH. Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin interpellates Buhay Representative Lito Atienza on October 1, 2019. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Robredo: Children bear repercussions of making 'health a political issue'

Sep 22, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Vice President urges the Department of Health to catch up on children's vaccinations following the re-emergence of polio

VP ROBREDO. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo gives a message in an awarding ceremony at the Quezon City Reception House on February 22, 2019. Photo by OVP

DOH upholds permanent ban of Dengvaxia

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) The ban makes it illegal to import, sell, or distribute Dengvaxia in the Philippines

DENGVAXIA BANNED. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Doctors' groups push DOH moves to fight dengue

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Doctors' groups emphasize 'vector control and early consultation' as key steps to combat the ongoing national dengue epidemic

VECTOR CONTROL, EARLY CONSULT. Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

PAO lawyers accuse Acosta of using Dengvaxia cases to get 'extra funds'

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) The unnamed lawyers ask the Office of the Ombudsman 'to use its power to conduct an investigation' against PAO chief Persida Acosta and forensics chief Erwin Erfe

LETTER COMPLAINT. Unnamed PAO lawyers accuse chief public attorney Persida Acosta of deliberately overstocking office supplies to "obtain extra funds." File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Health group warns gov't vs 'knee-jerk' move to lift Dengvaxia ban

Aug 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Health Action for Human Rights instead urges the public to take a ‘rational, holistic, and participatory’ approach in addressing the epidemic

DENGUE EPIDEMIC. The Department of Health on Tuesday, August 6, declared a national dengue epidemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte open to use of Dengvaxia amid dengue epidemic

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to hear what local scientists and doctors have to say about the controversial dengue vaccine

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Despite risk warnings, Garin insists dengue vaccine can prevent outbreaks

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:59 PM

But the Department of Health says that the vaccine is not meant for epidemic response

BRING BACK DENGVAXIA. Former health chief Janette Garin insists that bringing back the vaccine could help the government prevent future dengue outbreaks. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lift ban on Dengvaxia, doctors' group urges DOH

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'The Philippines has the highest incidence and death rate from dengue this part of the world. Yet it is the only country in the world that has banned it,' says Doctors for Truth and Public Welfare

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang open to return of Dengvaxia amid dengue alert

Aug 01, 2019 - 9:39 AM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Duterte government will consider the controversial vaccine if experts attest it is safe to use

Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019, after the DOH declared a national Dengue alert following the rapid rise in cases in some provinces. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

Amid dengue outbreaks, Janette Garin wants Dengvaxia back in PH

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:03 PM

The former health secretary says the dengue outbreaks would not have happened had Dengvaxia, whose distribution she approved, not been banned in the country

BRING DENGVAXIA BACK? Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin (center) still maintains the safety of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dengvaxia case vs Sanofi, Zuellig moves to trial at QC court

May 22, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The company officers are made to answer the charges within 5 days upon receipt of the order

Families of Dengvaxia vaccine victims accompany PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta in filing criminal raps against former and current DOH officials along with Sanofi Pastuer before the Department of Justice in manila on April 5, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ indicts ex-DOH chief Garin, 9 others for Dengvaxia mess

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

If found guilty, Garin and other respondents indicted may face imprisonment of up to 6 years

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino: Baseless claims of Acosta to blame for vaccination crisis

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The health department says the Dengvaxia controversy is the reason the drop in the number of vaccinations

DENGVAXIA SCARE. Former President Benigno Aquino III addresses the Dengvaxia scare in a rare speech during the opposition people power rally on February 23, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

FDA permanently revokes Dengvaxia's certificate of product registration

Feb 19, 2019 - 3:23 PM

It will thus be illegal to import, sell, or distribute Dengvaxia in the Philippines

DENGUE VACCINE. The FDA permanently revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvxia, which means its sale will be unlawful in the Philippines. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino admin liable for MRT3, Dengvaxia, Mamasapano? Senate bets weigh in

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat inako niya ang lahat ng responsibilidad doon bilang tatay ng bansa,' says opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano

VP Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino during presentation of senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Love trumps fear: Payatas parents get babies vaccinated

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Some mothers choose to get their children vaccinated against measles even as their husbands remain wary of immunization

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations after the Department of Health announced a measles outbreak in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon, Central Visayas, and Western Visayas. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino questions House committee recommendation to sue him

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also links the Dengvaxia scare to the recently reported measles outbreaks in the country

DENGVAXIA. Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dengvaxia scare caused measles outbreaks in PH –Año | Evening wRap

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

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Robredo appeals to parents: Vaccinate your children vs measles

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:55 PM

'Hindi ito panahon para sa pulitika o alitan, panahon ito para sa pagkilos,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as the Philippines deals with outbreaks of measles

YES TO VACCINATION. Vice President Leni Robredo wants parents to vaccinate their children against measles. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

Vaccine scare: PAO chief not to blame for 'impassioned advocacy,' says Panelo

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Malacañang says it would be up to PAO chief Persida Acosta to act on claims that her handling of the Dengvaxia controversy discouraged parents from having their kids vaccinated against measles

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Año: Dengvaxia scare caused measles outbreaks in PH

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'Pinag-usapan 'yan sa Cabinet.... Natakot magpa-immunize ang mga magulang [ng] mga anak nila,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

SCARE BLAMED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año speaks to reporters at the National Federalism Summit at the Manila Hotel. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Measles outbreak in Metro Manila – DOH | Evening wRap

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:58 PM

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House panels want charges vs Aquino, Abad, Garin over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers say former president Benigno Aquino III and other ex-officials should face criminal and administrative charges for purchasing the vaccine and implementing the dengue immunization program

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte urges Filipinos to have their kids vaccinated

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Dengvaxia scandal should not scare Filipinos from vaccinations against measles, polio, and tetanus, says President Rodrigo Duterte

FIGHTING MEASLES. Mothers with their children crowd health workers as they avail of the free anti-polio and anti-measles vaccination at a health center in Quezon City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PAO links doctor’s death to Dengvaxia, files 31st complaint

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Dr Kendrick Gotoc was allegedly administered with the anti-dengue vaccine in 2016, and died on April 22, 2018, due to community-acquired pneumonia

DENGVAXIA. The Public Attorneys Office (PAO) files the 31st Dengvaxia-related complaint at the DOJ on January 24, 2019, linking the death of 39-year-old physician Kendrick Gotoc to the dengue vaccine. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Dengvaxia scare: How viral rumors caused outbreaks

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Through a combination of fear-mongering, playacting, and politicking, some government officials clearly made the situation worse than it needed to be

Dengvaxia sale approved for dengue-endemic areas in Europe

Dec 20, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Sanofi's vaccine is known to prevent the dengue virus in individuals who have been affected previously, but poses more risks for those who have not been infected before immunization

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine was given to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's now-suspended school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Post Dengvaxia controversy: Paving the way forward for vaccines, health care

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The health department gears up to introduce a new vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis and universal health care in 2019. Will the past year's effort at damage control be enough?

A year after Dengvaxia: Immunization drops, measles outbreaks soar

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:52 PM

In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable

Garin-allied pathologist discredits PAO findings on Dengvaxia cases

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Pathologist Raymundo Lo says the Public Attorney's Office made 'false' conclusions in its forensic examination of children who died after their Dengvaxia vaccination

Pathologist Dr Raymundo Lo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House reopens probe into Dengvaxia controversy

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Lawmakers reopen their investigation into the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase, saying questions remain 'unanswered'

HOAX: Bam Aquino's 'quote' on Dengvaxia

Oct 05, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The quote and the graphic it was placed on are fabricated

Salita ng Taon 2018: Narito ang mga pinagpipilian

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Ang 11 nominadong salita ay naging laman ng mga balita at diskusyon, at bukambibig ng mga Filipino sa nakalipas na dalawang taon

Parents still scared of govt's free vaccines a year after Dengvaxia scare

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says only 50% to 60% of children are getting their scheduled vaccines and this results in outbreaks of preventable diseases

VACCINE'S IMPORTANCE. A health officer administers a measles shot on a young girl. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler  VACCINE'S IMPORTANCE. A health officer administers a measles shot on a young girl. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

19 out of 154 kids died of dengue despite Dengvaxia shot – DOH

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:34 PM

But DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says several tests and studies still need to be done in the next few years to confirm if Dengvaxia itself influenced the deaths

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duque silent as Garin sues Ubial for Dengvaxia mess

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque says he will leave it to the courts to decide on the former health secretaries' liability in the Dengvaxia controversy

UP TO COURTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque says he is not in the position to comment on the squabble between former health secretaries Janette Garin and Paulyn Ubial. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR investigates Mocha, Drew Olivar, Garin sues Ubial, Space Jam 2 | Midday wRap

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Garin sues Ubial for homicide in implementing Dengvaxia program

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Former Health Secretary Janette Garin says her successor Paulyn Ubial's decision to expand the Dengvaxia immunization program, which was launched during her term, 'contributed' to deaths of students supposedly linked to the risky vaccine

CHARGED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin blames Paulyn Ubial for contributing to deaths of students allegedly linked to Dengvaxia. Janette Garin photo by Angie de Silva, Paulyn Ubial photo by Lito Boras, Dengvaxia photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate OKs bill on P1.16-B special fund for Dengvaxia recipients

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) The proposed fund will be used to shoulder the medical expenses and monitor the health of over 870,000 public school students who got the dengue vaccine

SPECIAL FUND. Lawmakers at the Senate approve the proposed supplemental budget for students who got Dengvaxia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque: 'Not appropriate' to declare emergency health crisis for students who got Dengvaxia

Sep 03, 2018 - 10:10 PM

'It may not be appropriate to declare because if we did that, we might spawn fear and more uncertainties and this can be quite unsettling for parents,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH urges Senate to pass bill on P1.16-B special fund for Dengvaxia recipients

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III makes the appeal after lawmakers at the Senate after failed to pass the bill on the proposed fund after deliberations on August 15

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine was administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's now-suspended school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

How DOH Calabarzon is monitoring Dengvaxia recipients

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Teams conduct check-ups to build health profiles of the 171,300 students given the dengue vaccine in the region.

MONITOR. Several teams conduct check-ups in different provinces to better monitor the condition of Dengvaxia recipients. Photo from the Department of Health

DOH Calabarzon schedules check-ups for Dengvaxia patients

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:16 PM

The physical checkups will be used to build a database of patients' health profiles, which will help determine, based on evidence, what intervention they need

MONITOR. DOH schedules physical examinations to build health profiles of students given the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino 'perplexed' by NBI Dengvaxia findings vs him

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III laments the lack of due process, saying he was not informed of the specific charges against him

PNoy Comelec presser-March-15-2018-02. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Parents of students given Dengvaxia can get info via mobile apps

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua says parents can download the Abizo Dengue Vaccine Monitoring System application or the RSVP Kaizala application by end-August to receive alerts from DepEd and DOH, and get information on how to respond to symptoms

MONITOR. Deped and DOH launch Dengvaxia monitoring mobile applications to keep track on health status of students who got the Dengue vaccine. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

NBI recommends charges vs Aquino, Garin, Abad over Dengvaxia mess

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation sends its findings to the Ombudsman, saying former president Benigno Aquino III is liable for technical malversation, and former health secretary Janette Garin for graft, among others

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senators: Like Dengvaxia, Barangay Health Station funds 'rushed' for 2016 polls

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

But former health secretary Janette Garin denies the allegation, saying the government has continuously funded the nationwide Barangay Health Stations project

Hearing on BHS Anomaly Senate Hearing July 4 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New study confirms Dengvaxia poses more risks for kids without prior infection

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The vaccine can prevent 11,000 hospitalization and 2,500 severe dengue cases if given to 1 million children over age 9. But it can also lead to 1,000 hospitalizations and 500 severe dengue cases in children who had no prior infection.

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The week in photos: June 2-8, 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INDEPENDENCE DAY DISPLAY. Mall goers in Rizal on June 8, 2018, look on the 120 miniature jeepneys arranged to form a Philippine Flag in celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler