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Senate suggests independent group to probe Dengue vaccine controversy

A national immunization program manager, shows an anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia inside a vaccine storage room in Sta. Cruz city, Metro Manila, Philippines December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Sen. JV Ejercito is suggesting a creation of a special task force that will conduct a more comprehensive investigation on the Dengue vaccine controversy.

According to Ejercito, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, “Task Force on Dengvaxia” will include representatives from Department of Health, World Health Organization, Philippine Medical Association and other stakeholders.

Ejercito will also be leading the probe on the Dengue Immunization program of the DOH and the acquisition of the Dengvaxia vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur amounting to Php3.5 billion.

Ejercito added that the DOH and Sanofi, aside from explaining their side, the DOH should also prioritize in monitoring the condition of the recipients of the said vaccine.

Ejercito said that the DOH needs to clarify the report that allegedly someone already died from Dengue and if this is connected to Dengvaxia vaccine, in order to refrain the public from panicking.

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