Dengvaxia debacle: Probe into dengue vaccine project
LATEST UPDATE: March 15, 2018 - 10:34am
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March 15, 2018

President Benigno Aquino III holds a media briefing at Comelec addressing an earlier statement by Senate blue ribbon committee chairperson Richard Gordon that a complaint may be filed against him over the Dengvaxia fiasco.

Aquino says the issuance of the purchase order for Dengvaxia was made days before the election ban on March 9, 2016. 

The approval of the purchase order is being questioned as it was raised that the rush in buying the controversial dengue vaccine was related to the elections.

A statement was also posted by Aquino spokesperson Abigail Valte on Twitter.

March 14, 2018

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair Richard Gordon in an interview over ANC's "Headstart" says former President Benigno Aquino III may be charged for his involvement in the Dengvaxia controversy. He adds that graft and corruption charges will be recommended against those involved.

March 13, 2018

American scientist Scott Halstead, a dengue expert, appears at the Sen. Richard Gordon-led blue ribbon committee hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy.

Halstead earlier warned about the right uses of the vaccine, but he was allegedly ignored by the Department of Health.

March 2, 2018

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants those involved in the Dengvaxia project to "move on" while learning from the "painful" experience. — Report from Shiela Crisostomo

February 28, 2018

The Department of Health hires 500 so-called surveillance officers to monitor children who were vaccinated with anti-dengue drug Dengvaxia by France-based pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, especially those manifesting dengue symptoms.

The health agency recorded 39 supposed deaths due to Dengvaxia vaccine from March 2016 to February 2018.  — Report by Shiela Crisostomo

February 27, 2018

Pimentel says they found conflict of interest among some officials of the Department of Health.

February 27, 2018

Rep. Johnny Pimentel (Surigao Del Sur ), who is leading the inquiry into the Dengvaxia mess, says the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability will release the report on Dengvaxia on or before March 21.


February 26, 2018

In his opening statement, former president Noynoy Aquino says that government used to step in during a controversy and show it was in control. He decries the effect of the Dengvaxia problem that made families refuse to have their children vaccinated with safe and proven drugs.

"When we were governing," Aquino said in Filipino. "Our goal was to make the public calm down. Once they were calm, it would be easier for government to extend its services and care."

Aquino's government, however, was criticized for its apparent slow response to the deadly effects of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013.

February 26, 2018

Former President Noynoy Aquino, his budget secretary Butch Abad and health chief Janet Garin appear at the House good governance committee's public hearing on the botched Dengvaxia project.

Also attending are top Aquino administration officials Dinky Soliman (former social welfare chief), Teresita Deles (former peace adviser) and Kim Henares (internal revenue commissioner).

February 21, 2018

Parents of children who died allegedly due to complications after being injected with Dengvaxia attend the Senate inquiry into the controversial vaccination program.

Also at the hearing are chief public attorney Persida Rueda Acosta, who last time skipped the hearing despite being summoned. — with a report from Paolo Romero

February 19, 2018

It looks like the Department of Health has tapped the Office of the Solicitor General to build a civil case against French pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi Pasteur, which earlier today repeated its position rejecting calls for it to pay up for the failed implementation of the dengue vaccine.

February 19, 2018

The Department of Justice is asked to subpoena documents and records on the P3.55-billion Dengvaxia vaccine project from the Department of Health and Department of Budget and Management.

A criminal case is being built up against former president Noynoy Aquino and other top government officials believed to be behind the ill-considered implementation of the project. — Based on report by Edu Punay

February 19, 2018

Julius Lecciones, executive director of state-funded Philippine Children's Medical Center, files a libel case at the Quezon City prosecutor's office against Dr. Francisco Cruz, the consultant of the anti-graft group VACC, over the Dengvaxia controversy.

Dr. Julius Lecciones, executor director of PCMC, filing a libel case at the Quezon City prosecutor's office.

Lecciones decries VACC's claim that he was part of the Department of Health's supposed "mafia" involved in the botched implementation of the anti-dengue vaccine. — Report by Romina Cabrera

Pharmaceuticals firm Sanofi Pasteur insists that it will not grant refund for the purchased dengvaxia vaccines by the Department of Health.

The firm also declines to give compensation to victims of the vaccine's botched implementation. Here's the text of the statement:

As we did in our previous reply to the DOH on 5 February, 2018, we respectfully declined both requests [to refund the government for the used doses of Dengvaxia and finally support an indemnification fund]. We stand firmly behind our product. Refunding the used doses of Dengvaxia would imply that the vaccine is ineffective, which is not the case. And at this time, there is no known circumstance requiring indemnification.

We also again made very clear our willingness to sit down with the Department of Health to find other ways we can assist their efforts to combat dengue in the Philippines and restoring public trust in vaccines.

— Photo by AP

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