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Dengvaxia expert sought

By Jeffrey Damicog

President Duterte has called for a meeting today among top government officials on the Dengvaxia issue with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II expected to raise the need to bring into the country a foreign third-party pathologist who will examine the bodies of children who are suspected to have died after receiving the anti-dengue vaccine.

“I am going to emphasize that we need a clinical pathologist or an expert on the matter,” Aguirre said.

He stressed that the expert should come from abroad with an impressive qualification.

“It will not be a Filipino. The expert will come from abroad who can establish definitely the linkage between the Dengvaxia and the death or injuries suffered by the students,” he explained.

Those who will be present at the meeting with the President are Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez.