Aquino should at­tend probe on dengue vac­cine

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MANILA - For­mer Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino III should at­tend next week’s leg­isla­tive in­quiry on the P3.4 bil­lion dengue vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram ap­proved dur­ing his term, Health Sec­re­tary Francisco Duque said Thurs­day.

“The Pres­i­dent should him­self come for­ward and say, ‘This is what hap­pened and this is what I agreed to based on sound rec­om­men­da­tion

that I thought, I fol­lowed be­cause some­body ad­vised me,’” Duque said.

He added that Aquino’s ap­pear­ance be­fore the law­mak­ers will be “for his own good.”

The Sen­ate and the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives will launch sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Deng­vaxia, the Sanofi Pas­teur-made dengue vac­cine that has since been pulled out from the mar­ket af­ter the drug com­pany ad­mit­ted it could lead to “more cases of se­vere dis­ease” if ad­min­is­tered to those who have not the mos­quito-borne ill­ness be­fore.

For­mer Health Sec­re­tary Janette Garin in Jan­uary 2016 an­nounced the free vac­ci­na­tion of stu­dents aged 9 years old and above in high en­demic ar­eas, a month af­ter Aquino met with Sanofi of­fi­cials in Paris.

Garin has said she is will­ing to face the con­se­quences for her in­volve­ment in the dengue vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram. Abs-cbn­news

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