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The issue on the full-scale or small-scale implementation of the Dengvaxia immunization program of the government is now water under the bridge but there is still a need to dig deeper into the matter because it is linked to the corruption angle of this case.

Philippine Red Cross lead for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Dr. Susan Mercado stated last week that the Formulary Executive Council (FEC) denied the request of the Department of Health (DoH) leadership under former Secretary Janette Garin for approval on the purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine worth P3.5 billion.

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The task force is composed of top officials from the DoH Central Office in Manila and affected regions, the Food and Drug Administration, PhilHealth, and the National Children’s Hospital.

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THE World Health Organization (WHO) is now investigating the case of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in the wake of findings that of 730,000 Filipino school children injected with the vaccine in 2016, “adverse effects” were reported in 997, 30 of which needed hospitalization, and four have died. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines has ordered a stop to the purchase of the vaccine and suspended the Department of Health’s anti-dengue inoculation program.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the sale, distribution, and marketing of anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, officials announced yesterday.

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Two persons, one of them claiming to be a son of former senator Ramon Revilla Sr., were arrested by authorities Sunday night after attempting to sneak into the country P24 million worth of regulated drugs for ulcer and abortion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City.

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