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7 officials file libel complaint vs ‘DOH mafia’ accuser

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Physician Francis Cruz, the whistleblower of the VACC, now faces two libel complaints from the health officials he accused of benefiting from the Dengvaxia mess

THE ACCUSED. Dr Francis Cruz, who now faces a libel complaint, faced senators probing the Dengvaxia controversy on December 13, 2017. Screenshot by 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

Gordon says DOH 'liable' over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Gordon says the Philippine government is 'liable' for administering the Dengvaxia vaccine to more than 837,000 Filipino gradeschoolers in 3 regions

ANGRY. Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH 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

LIVE: Senate hearing on Dengvaxia

Feb 21, 2018 - 10:26 AM

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Duque orders DOH employees to disclose, manage conflicts of interest

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The order of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III covers possible conflicts of interest of DOH employees concerning pharmaceutical products and medical services

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III wants health workers' possible conflicts of interest managed. File photo by Angie de Silva/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

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Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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‘DOH mafia’ accuser faces libel complaint

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:56 PM

PCMC executive director Julius Lecciones files the libel complaint against physician Francis Cruz, who claims a mafia-like group operates in the DOH

THE ACCUSED. Dr Francis Cruz, who now faces a libel complaint, faced senators probing the Dengvaxia controversy on December 13, 2017. Screenshot by 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

Dengue kit from the Department of Health

Dengvaxia refund to buy anti-dengue kits for vaccinated kids

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeales for parents’ patience as the department goes through the legal motions to procure and fund the dengue kits. The DOH estimates it will spend P600 million for the kits.

DENGUE KITS. Dengue kit bags from the Department of Health. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DBM excludes some DepEd, DOH employees from 2016 performance bonus

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'The release of the 2016 PBB has encountered several delays owing to late or incomplete submission of requirements of agencies,' says budget chief Benjamin Diokno

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management clarified the delayed release of performance-based bonus for government employees. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

Hinggil sa clinical trials ng Dengvaxia

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Ipagpatuloy ang pagbabakuna sa mga bata at sa sarili sa ilalim ng programa ng DOH sa bakuna

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dengvaxia hysteria: Go back to the core issue

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We should train the spotlight again on past officials who rushed the purchase and rollout of the dengue vaccines

[OPINION] Circling the wagons: The 'Doctors for Truth' and the Dengvaxia scandal

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The distrust of experts stems from the fact that in the case of Dengvaxia, the experts have so spectacularly failed the people on a matter of public trust

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Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Feb 07, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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FAST FACTS: DOH's Expanded Program on Immunization

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The Expanded Program on Immunization seeks to ensure that children, particularly infants, and their mothers have access to vaccines recommended for their age to prevent specific diseases

Commission on Appointments confirms Duque as DOH chief

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III turns emotional during his confirmation hearing as he admits the agency's 'struggles' amid the Dengvaxia controversy

The CA confirm the appointment of Health secretary Francisco Duque at the Senate on February 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Emotional Duque aims to bring back DOH's old 'glorious' days

Feb 07, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tries to hold back his tears as he discusses plans on regaining the public's trust after the dengue vaccination controversy

Sec. Francisco Duque assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

RITM expert: No conflict of interest in Dengvaxia study

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Rosario Capeding, who was accused of 'conflict of interest' during a House probe, explains clinical trials have safeguards that prevent biases in the result of the study

RITM STUDY. Rose Capeding says contrary to the allegations of a lawmaker, clinical studies are designed to avoid unintended biases. Rappler screenshot

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Feb 06, 2018 - 9:47 PM

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Mothers of Dengvaxia kids confront Garin after House probe

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The women would later admit to media that none of their children died but had reportedly fallen ill after vaccination

DENGVAXIA PROBE. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin attend a House probe into alleged anomalies in the procurement of dengue vaccines by the Philippine government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Recto urges DOH to use P634-M ad budget to counter vaccine fake news

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto urges the Department of Health to use its budget to fight 'fake news' about vaccination caused by the Dengvaxia controversy

AD BUDGET. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said the Department of Health can use its advertising budget to fight vaccine fake news. File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

RITM expert got P40,000 monthly for Sanofi-funded Dengvaxia study

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Disclosures made at a House hearing raise questions of conflict of interest for doctor who did dengue vaccine study for the French pharmaceutical for 6 years

RITM STUDY. It's the RITM that conducted a 6-year-long study on the now-controversial vaccine that was funded by its owner, Sanofi Pasteur. Rappler screenshot

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

LIVE: House hearing on Dengvaxia

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:02 PM

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'Stop PAO autopsies on suspected Dengvaxia victims'

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Ex-DOH chief Esperanza Cabral and other doctors urge the DOJ to stop PAO's autopsies on 14 children who supposedly died due to Dengvaxia

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

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

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Feb 02, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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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

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CA defers confirmation of DOH chief Duque over Dengvaxia issue

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Senator Gregorio Honasan II says the CA members need more time to assess DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III's plans for the children injected with the risky dengue vaccine

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attends his confirmation hearing on January 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda / 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

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Jan 25, 2018 - 10:27 PM

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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

Philippines losing over P220 billion a year due to child undernutrition – report

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says nutrition is 'not yet' a priority of the current administration, but 'there seems to be an increasing interest'

Sanofi Pasteur vows to shoulder expenses of dengue vaccine victims

Jan 22, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Thomas Triomphe, Asia Pacific head of the pharmaceutical giant, says there should be scientific evidence that Dengvaxia indeed caused the death or any other case

Photo by Angie Silva/Rappler

[OPINYON] Bangungot-pangkalusugan: Ang kuwento ng sabwatang Garin-Sanofi

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Sa Dengvaxia deal ng administrasyong Aquino at pharmaceutical giant na Sanofi, nagtagpo ang politika ng gobyernong barkadahan at ang kasakiman ng isang korporasyon

Philippines wants full refund from Sanofi for dengue vaccine mess

Jan 16, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Malacañang insists on a full refund after Sanofi Pasteur agrees to issue a P1.4-billion refund for unused Dengvaxia vials