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400 health workers get training to assist families of Dengvaxia recipients

May 12, 2018 - 5:22 PM

DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the training will enable the health workers to gain the trust of parents whose kids received the risky dengue vaccine

Paulina Calo, DOH Calabarzon mental health program coordinator, spearheads the 3-day psychosocial training for health workers who will handle community work for the affected families of Dengvaxia in the region. Photo from DOH Calabarzon

Congress seeks P1.16-B special budget for Dengvaxia recipients

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) The additional budget, which has been requested by the budget and health departments, will be used to provide medical support, like hospitalization, medical kits, outpatient care services, and laboratory tests

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health will request a supplemental budget for Dengvaxia vaccinees. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duque warns Cavite hospitals over refusal to treat Dengvaxia case

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:58 PM

(UPDATED) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he may file a case against the hospitals, but DLSUMC clarifies its emergency team gave 'due treatment and medical care' to the child

STERN WARNING. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III will be visiting 4 hospitals in Cavite who reportedly refused to treat a Dengvaxia-vaccinated child. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Public and private hospitals to put up dengue express lanes

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says this is a 'confidence-building measure' to show parents that the health sector is prioritizing the needs of the kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DENGUE FAST LANES. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III signs the MOA along with the presidents of various hospital associations on March 6, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOH to reorganize leadership after Dengvaxia mess

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the reorganization is meant to 'preserve the integrity of ongoing investigations and to prevent any potential undue influence on their findings'

FIXING DOH'S INTEGRITY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III frowns during a House hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sanofi denies concealing Dengvaxia risks from Philippines

Feb 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The dengue vaccine maker says it immediately issued the warning against Dengvaxia when it found out about the risks in November 2017

ON THE HOT SEAT. Sanofi Asia Pacific head Thomas Triomphe faces the House probe into the controversial dengue vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Congressman tells Acosta: ‘Don’t be combative,’ cooperate with DOH

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Representative Johnny Pimentel reminds Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta that PAO should be coordinating with the DOH in investigating Dengvaxia deaths

'COMBATIVE.' PAO chief Persida Acosta delivers her presentation during the House hearing into the Dengvaxia probe on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-FDA drug regulation chief gave Sanofi special 'accommodation' for Dengvaxia

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-Center for Drug Regulation and Research Benjamin Co received a USB directly from Sanofi when it gave a USB directly to him. This is not allowed under FDA rules

RISKY VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside a storage facility of the local government health sector that on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi knew Dengvaxia risks in 2015 but didn’t tell PH – FDA, physician

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) Physician Anthony Leachon says it was 'repulsive' that Sanofi had 'concealed' to the Philippines the 4 risks of its vaccine the company identified as early as December 22, 2015

The House of Representatives resumes its hearing on the controversial government immunization program on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Weeping mothers say their kids got Dengvaxia without consent

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

'Dapat naman po bago kayo nagbitaw nang gano’n, humingi kayo ng pahintulot ng magulang... Masakit para sa isang magulang na mawalan ng anak,' says a mother of a now dead vaccinee in Muntinlupa

MOURNING MOMS. Annalyn Ebunia (L) and Janet Elipane (R) are two mothers of kids given the Dengvaxia vaccine and later died. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Garin grilled for taking over FDA while DOH chief

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'If I was your lawyer, I’ll protect you right now. Because a few days later, you were off to Paris to talk to Sanofi,' Senator Richard Gordon tells ex-health chief Janette Garin on her self-appointment to the FDA

ON THE HOT SEAT. Former DOH secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate probe into the Dengvaxia controversy on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duque to health workers: ‘Woo' parents to avail of vaccination programs

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says that vaccines have saved the lives of millions of Filipinos

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH to sue Sanofi over refusal to give full Dengvaxia refund

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and his staff are now in talks with the Office of the Solicitor General to build a case against the maker of the controversial dengue vaccine

GOING AFTER SANOFI. Current DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III sits at a Senate hearing on Dengvaxia beside former health chief Janette Garin, who launched the controversial dengue vaccination program. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

For 2nd time, Sanofi declines PH demand for full P3B Dengvaxia refund

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Sanofi once again argues complying with the PH government's demand for a full refund 'would imply that the vaccine is ineffective, which is not the case'

DEMAND REFUSED. Sanofi Pasteur Asia Pacific head Thomas Triomphe attends a congressional probe into their Dengvaxia vaccine on February 05, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Sanofi refusal, DOH to demand full P3B Dengvaxia refund again

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he would invoke Sanofi's violations of the Civil Code of the Philippines if it insists on its refusal

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Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque: Dengvaxia controversy 'tainted credibility' of DOH

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The health secretary says at least 29 vaccinated children have died. The causes of all these deaths have yet to be determined.

TAINTED REPUTATION. Health Secretary Francisco Duque expresses concern as more parents turn down DOH programs amid concerns over the Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang to Sanofi: You're not yet off the hook

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The Palace also rejects the appeal of a doctors' group to stop the Public Attorney's Office from conducting autopsies on children who died due to various causes after being given Dengvaxia

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

Sanofi declines PH demand for full Dengvaxia refund

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The pharma giant declines the Philippines' demand, saying doing so would 'create confusion' over the safety and efficacy of the controversial anti-dengue vaccine

NO FULL REFUND. Thomas Triomphe (right), head of Sanofi Pasteur-Asia Pacific, speak before a House probe into the Dengvaxia deal in December 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH considers UP-PGH findings as primary 'evidence’ on Dengvaxia

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The DOH is willing to share the UP-PGH's findings to the Public Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own exhumation and forensic examination of other children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DOH-TRUSTED EXPERTS. Doctors Maria Cecilia Lim, Gerardo Legaspi, and Juliet Sio-Aguilar discuss the findings of the UP-PGH panel on 14 Dengvaxia deaths. Screenshots by Rappler

Kids’ vaccination rate down to 60% after Dengvaxia scare – DOH

Feb 02, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo appeals to parents to continue getting 'tried and tested' vaccines for their children to avoid diseases like polio, diphtheria, measles, and tetanus

VACCINATION PLEA. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo hopes the Dengvaxia scare won't lead to parents losing faith in government health programs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

3 out of 14 kids died of dengue after Dengvaxia shot – UP-PGH panel

Feb 02, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The Department of Health, which bared the findings of the UP-PGH Dengue Investigative Task Force, says two of the deaths may have been due to vaccine failure but this requires further validation

DENGVAXIA PROBE. The Department of Health presents the findings of the UP-PGH team tasked to look into the deaths of children who got the Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sotto to Duque: DOH, not PAO, should take lead in Dengvaxia probe

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'Is PAO now a medical group?...Set your foot down and make the DOH the lead in this investigation, especially in scientific investigations,' Senator Vicente Sotto III tells Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

DOUBTING PAO. Senator Vicente Sotto III believes the PAO is not qualified to conduct forensic examinations on the Dengvaxia deaths. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Duque, health officials deny existence of 'DOH mafia'

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:30 AM

At the Commission on Appointments hearing of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, they also reject the allegation that P550 million meant for the purchase of the Dengvaxia vaccine was pocketed

'Panic' over Dengvaxia harms other vital vaccination programs, health experts say

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:28 AM

58 doctors & experts, in a statement, slam the 'unsubstantiated' claims being made against Dengvaxia and DOH officials that is causing parents to slowly lose faith in other government health programs

CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM. In this file photo, a student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia in 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After Dengvaxia mess, Duque wants more independence for FDA, RITM

Jan 29, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants the FDA to be independent from the DOH, and the RITM to be free from the influence of pharmaceutical companies

CHANGES FOR FDA, RITM? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III seeks more independence for two agencies under the DOH following the Dengvaxia controversy. Screenshot by Rappler

DOH demands full refund from Sanofi over Dengvaxia vaccine

Jan 29, 2018 - 6:33 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says they now want a full refund 'because the purported... protection [of Dengvaxia] wasn’t felt and wasn’t there'

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

Ombudsman orders DOH to submit Dengvaxia's clinical trial papers

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The Ombudsman's request stems from two complaints filed late last year against officials of Sanofi Pasteur and government officials who implemented the controversial dengue vaccination program

KIDS' SAFETY. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III hands a monitoring card to a Santa Rosa Central Elementary School student who got the Dengvaxia vaccine last year. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dengvaxia safety trial unfinished when vaccination program launched – Duque

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'So if they had waited [for] 2017, then they would have known they can’t give these Dengvaxia [vaccine vials] to children who never had dengue in the past,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

MONITORING. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III explains what parents in Santa Rosa, Laguna can do if their child received the Dengvaxia vaccine Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duque dares accusers to file cases vs officials in alleged 'DOH mafia'

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he will order a review of the contracts entered into by the previous administration

INTEGRITY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III wants officials to adhere to the 'highest standards of professionalism and integrity.' File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sanofi agrees to refund P1.4B for unused Dengvaxia vials

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Dengue vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur hopes its decision to comply will allow it to 'work more openly and constructively with the DOH to address the negative tone' towards Dengvaxia

SANOFI REFUND. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the DOH on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Sidewalks and dengvaxia

Jan 15, 2018 - 10:00 AM

In the use of any technology, whether that be sidewalks or an anti-dengue vaccine, it is crucial to do a cost-benefit analysis

DOH demands P1.4-B refund from Sanofi over unused Dengvaxia vials

Jan 12, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says Sanofi Pasteur’s dengue vaccine is ‘considered defective under Philippine civil laws’

DENGVAXIA FORUM. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III holds an open forum on the Dengvaxia vaccine at the Parang Elementary School in Marikina City on January 11, 2018. Photo from DOH

DOH to ‘complement efforts’ of VACC in its Dengvaxia probe – Duque

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says DOH 'cannot and will never obstruct' the efforts of the VACC and the PAO, and promises to provide them with the necessary DOH documents

COMPLEMENTARY EFFORTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III (middle) meets with VACC chairman Dante Jimenez (L) and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio (R) on January 9, 2018.

Duque denies Garin hired him as consultant

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:25 PM

PAO chief Persida Acosta accuses DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III and Undersecretary Mario Villaverde of having a conflict of interest in handling the Dengvaxia issue

A TALE OF 2 CHIEFS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III and ex-health chief Janette Garin attend a Senate probe into the dengue vaccination program on December 11, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH won’t file cases over Dengvaxia issue, will focus on kids’ safety

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III leaves it up the DOJ, the NBI, and non-governmental groups to go after Aquino administration officials and Sanofi Pasteur

INFO CAMPAIGN. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III holds up a sample poster on Dengvaxia FAQs that will be put up in schools. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

UP-PGH to review deaths of 14 kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

Jan 05, 2018 - 2:05 PM

If deaths or disease come to children who have gotten the dengue vaccine since March 2016, the health department asks parents to report the cases to UP-PGH

HEALTH OFFICIALS. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo, Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Undersecretary Mario Villaverde answer questions during a media forum on January 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

FDA suspends Dengvaxia sale for a year, fines Sanofi P100,000

Jan 04, 2018 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) Sanofi is punished for failing to comply with post-marketing authorization requirements for its controversial dengue vaccine

RISKY VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the Department of Health on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Dec 27, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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DOH set to form independent panel for Dengvaxia review

Dec 26, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Health will also submit documents to the National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, December 27, for the probe into the dengue immunization program

Views of med societies weigh more than FEC, individual doctors – Garin

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin explains why she did not heed the warning of several public health experts regarding the now-suspended dengue vaccination program that she had launched

BATTLE OF THE EXPERTS. Ex-DOH secretary Janette Garin speaks during a Rappler Talk interview on December 16. Screenshot by Rappler

Like Aquino, Garin denies knowing Sanofi's spotty record

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:07 PM

Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin says she was surprised Sanofi Pasteur was found guilty of corruption, bribery, and false product claims

DEFENDING DENGVAXIA. Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin defends the dengue vaccination program she launched at the tail-end of her term. Screenshot by Rappler

At Senate, Aquino faces Dengvaxia controversy head-on

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:45 AM

(UPDATED) Former president Benigno Aquino III says his administration implemented the controversial dengue vaccination program in good faith

OATH OF TRUTH. Ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad, ex-president Noynoy Aquino, and ex-executive secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr swear their oath to tell the truth at the Senate hearing on December 4. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Conflict between Garin and FEC emerges in Dengvaxia probe

Dec 14, 2017 - 4:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Formulary Executive Council – a panel of top Filipino experts that identifies which medicines and drugs the government may use and procure – never recommended mass use of the dengue vaccine

EX-HEALTH CHIEF. Former health secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate hearing on the government's use of the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. Photo by Angie de Silva

Did I get Dengvaxia? Dela Rosa asks PNP hospital chief

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa checks with the PNP General Hospital chief if he's among the 14,000 cops who got the controversial dengue vaccine

'ME FIRST'. PNP chief worries that he got the Dengvaxia vaccine outside the PNP General Hospital. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DOH to give ballers, health monitoring cards to kids who got Dengvaxia

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says this is part of the 'heightened surveillance' of children who got the dengue vaccine under the government's program

DENGUE VACCINE HEARING. Health Secretary Frencisco Duque III attends the Senate hearing on the dengue vaccine used by the government on December 14, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sanofi admits Dengvaxia doses imported into PH before contract

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:50 PM

A lawmaker questions why the pharmaceutical company seemed 'certain all along' that it would get the contract from the Philippine government

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

Duterte defends officials blamed for Dengvaxia controversy

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he would have probably approved the dengue immunization program if he were in their place

Sanofi exec denies meeting with Aquino a 'sales pitch'

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:35 PM

'We talked about the profile of safety and efficacy of the product after 20 years of [research and development],' says Sanofi Pasteur Asia-Pacific head Thomas Triomphe

COURTESY CALL. Ex-president Benigno Aquino III meets with executives of Dengvaxia vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur on December 1, 2015. Screenshot from RTVM

Mother of child who got Dengvaxia asks Garin, ‘Nakakatulog pa ba kayo?’

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:04 PM

'Ako po ay sobrang na-disappoint kasi mismong ahensiya niyo ang nagpapahamak sa aming mga anak,' says Iris Alpay, a mother from Cavite whose daughter received the dengue vaccine

ACCOUNTABILITY. Ex-DOH secretary Janette Garin faces the Senate's probe into the controversial dengue vaccination program she launched in April 2016. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler