Kitty contracts dengue

Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) - October 7, 2019 - 12:00am

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Duterte had to hurry home upon arriving from Moscow, Russia yesterday afternoon to be beside his youngest daughter Veronica who is down with dengue.

“I have to go see Kitty. She has dengue. But she is already on the safe level,” Duterte told The STAR.

The President said he was in Moscow for five days and his partner Honeylet Avanceña was in Germany for an engagement with the Department of Trade and Industry.

Their daughter contracted dengue even after she was reported to have been inoculated with Dengvaxia vaccine last year. 

Then special assistant to the president and now Sen. Christopher Go himself told the press in May 2018 that Kitty and Duterte’s granddaughter Sabina were among those who received shots of the controversial vaccine, but did not give details on when the children were given shots.

Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda Acosta also confirmed the inoculation but did not give details.

In late 2017, Sanofi Pasteur, manufacturer of Dengvaxia, acknowledged that the vaccine exposed recipients to more severe dengue if they got Dengvaxia without having developed prior infection. 

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