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DOH  ponders possible refund of dengue vaccine


The Department of Health (DOH) is eyeing for the possible refund of the money spent in Dengvaxia after the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur announced the probable risks associated with the vaccine.

According to Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, they are looking into the option of requiring the company to refund its money, but will also be peering into the legal aspects of the said issue.

The administration of then-President Benigno Aquino III spent some Php 3.5 billion in the dengue immunization program which was then given to over 730,000 students in dengue-prone areas.

Bayugo also clarified the DOH found no apparent irregularities in the purchase of the Php 3.5 billion immunization program.

Bayugo also further explained that the DOH implemented the said program based on the previous conclusions claiming that Dengvaxia was safe for use.

Sanofi Pasteur, however, revoked its statement and warned of the risks of the vaccine against people without prior infection of the illness.

The Department of Justice on Monday launched an investigation to determine the probable criminal liabilities of the officials’ involved in the projects including then-health secretary Janette Garin and former president Aquino.


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