Rappler's latest stories on dengue vaccine
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?
In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable
Pathologist Raymundo Lo says the Public Attorney's Office made 'false' conclusions in its forensic examination of children who died after their Dengvaxia vaccination
Lawmakers reopen their investigation into the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase, saying questions remain 'unanswered'
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
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
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
'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
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
Due to lack of quorum, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon motions that the session be adjourned
HB 7449 breezes through the plenary on 2nd and 3rd reading after President Rodrigo Duterte certified it as urgent on May 29, 2018
The fund will be sourced from the amount vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur returned to the Philippine government
Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says several epidemiological tests will have to be conducted over the next few years to confirm if Dengvaxia itself influenced the deaths
The Department of Health assures parents and lawmakers that the budget will cover all illnesses which vaccinated children may develop
House appropriations committee chairperson Karlo Nograles says the Department of Health should prioritize the medical profiling of the children who got the risky Dengvaxia vaccine
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
DOH Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says they will implement guidelines tailor-made for the needs of the claimants in order to lessen the burden of having to prepare too many documents
Complainant Ferdinand Topacio alleges that former president Benigno Aquino III conspired with Sanofi Pasteur and Zuellig Pharma to 'unjustly enrich' themselves through the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase
The Commission on Audit also notes a discrepancy on the shelf life of the vaccine in the procurement documents
The health department reveals that 1,967 out of the 3,281 patients 'were found to have contracted dengue, as confirmed through clinical and serological tests'
Liberal Party stalwarts also defend former president Benigno Aquino III, as they question the timing and fairness of the draft report
'In legislative inquiries that I participated in, the process is [to] gather facts then arrive at a conclusion. The Dick Gordon show started with a conclusion and tried to produce facts to support it,' former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler
'She can be a witness later on. She was pressured.... As far as we are concerned, she was not the most guilty,' says Senator Richard Gordon, a staunch administration ally
(UPDATED) '[He] has always demonstrated his readiness to answer questions about his decisions as president,' says the camp of former president Benigno Aquino III
(UPDATED) 'The greatest sin and transgression of Aquino was to put the lives of Filipino children in grave peril. He simply did not care. Manhid siya at walang malasakit,' says Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon
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The respondents are accused of 'intentionally inoculating the Dengvaxia recipients with an unsafe product undergoing clinical trial, which caused [their]...untimely death'
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
(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
Aquino, Garin, Abad, and other former and incumbent officials must appear before the Department of Justice on Friday, March 23, to answer the charges filed against them
'This sad part of our history will never be repeated again by the very sentinel, by the very guardians, of our health, the Department of Health,' says Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Richard Gordon
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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
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'
The dengue vaccine maker says it immediately issued the warning against Dengvaxia when it found out about the risks in November 2017
The PAO chief had refused to accede to a UP-PGH's panel's request for access to the tissue samples of Dengvaxia-vaccinated children who died
A 4-person panel will determine if there is probable cause to indict the former president and 19 others for multiple homicide and physical injuries, malversation of public funds, and violations of anti-graft laws
While expressing his condolences for those whose children died after being vaccinated, the former president calls on the public not to be 'carried away by emotion'
Representative Johnny Pimentel reminds Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta that PAO should be coordinating with the DOH in investigating Dengvaxia deaths
'There was this alarming problem, there was this potential cure to it,' says the former budget chief
(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
(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
At the House hearing, the former president once more defends his administration's decision to implement an unprogrammed dengue vaccination campaign
Former president Benigno Aquino III and former budget secretary Florencio Abad says they are ready to face the House investigation on Monday, February 26
'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
'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
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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