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Aquino, Garin, Abad expected to face DOJ panel over Dengvaxia

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III, ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad, and ex-health secretary Janette Garin are expected to submit their counter-affidavits to the Department of Justice

CRIMINAL RAPS. The Dengvaxia controversy continues to hound former president Benigno Aquino III and his administration.

After Dengvaxia scare, measles cases soar to 598

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to parents to allow their children to get the 'very safe' and 'protective' vaccine against measles offered by the government

RISING CASES. More and more Filipinos are getting rashes like this due to measles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aquino, Garin, Abad, Ochoa face raps over dengue vaccine

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The 23-page complaint also implicates private respondents from French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur

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

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

Mass use of dengue vaccine had no backing of DOH medical experts

Dec 09, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin denies she forced the implementation of the controversial dengue vaccination program even if others had opposed it

DENGUE VACCINE CONTROVERSY. Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin launches the dengue vaccination program in April 2016, contrary to the recommendation of the Formulary Executive Council

Duque confirms vaccinated 12-year-old in Tarlac later got severe dengue

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the female student – who is among the 830,000 Filipino children who received Dengvaxia – has already recovered

MONITORING. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III gives updates on what the department is doing to monitor the health of Filipino children who received the dengue vaccine. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duque sets up DOH task force to probe dengue vaccination program

Dec 08, 2017 - 12:03 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says PhilHealth is ready to cover up to P16,000 worth of expenses of any child who will be hospitalized due to severe dengue

SURVEILLANCE. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says they will closely monitor the health of Filipino children who received the dengue vaccine in the next 5 years. Screenshot by Rappler

Aquino should explain why he approved dengue vaccine – Duque

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says ex-president Benigno Aquino III can help address rumors over the controversial dengue immunization program

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

Duque to go after Sanofi over dengue vaccine

Dec 07, 2017 - 12:50 PM

On the government suing Sanofi, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says, 'Eventually that's where it's going to go...because it's the court of law that's going to decide insofar as the liability of Sanofi is concerned'

DETERMINED CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III wants those responsible for the dengue vaccine controversy to be held accountable. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

W.H.O. didn't recommend Dengvaxia for PH vaccination program

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The World Health Organization supports DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III's suspension of the school-based dengue vaccination program

RISKY VACCINE. Inspectors check out boxes of Dengvaxia, the world's first dengue vaccine. File photo from Sanofi Pasteur

Public health expert seeks legal action vs dengue vaccine program

Dec 02, 2017 - 3:49 PM

A parent of a child vaccinated with Dengvaxia says he is angry at DOH and Sanofi, saying, 'Natural po meron [akong galit sa kanila] kasi 'di namin po akalain na ganoon pala ‘yong kalalabasan o epekto ng mga bakuna'

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker administers the dengue vaccine to a student during a school-based dengue immunization at Parang Marikina Elementary School. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler