MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has already assigned the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to find out the possible responsibility of former officials in the previous administration with regard to the reported anomaly in the dengue vaccine program.
“Why was it used? Was there any instruction or was the vaccine clarified that it cannot be administered to those who have not contracted dengue?” said Aguirre.
Among those who will be investigated is the manufacturer and supplier of Dengvaxia, the anti-dengue vaccine that was administered to more than 700,000 children in 2016.
The secretary said, the investigation will find out the vaccine’s possible effect on the children who were vaccinated.
He said, he personally received some of the complaints of the parents of the affected children.
“One of my friends messaged me that their 4-year old was vaccinated last April 2016. The child now has ‘baby TB’ and has weakened immune system. Their expenses are huge,” Aguirre said.
The secretary assured that someone will be held accountable for the anomaly in the anti-dengue vaccine.
He said it cannot be denied that some of the former officials of the previous administration had some lapses. But according to the secretary, they will wait first for the result of the investigation on what cases can be filed and who will be accused.
The NBI will also investigate for possible corruption in the P3.5 million Dengvaxia contract. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered a preventive suspension against five Department of Health (DOH) officials for the alleged delays in the release of frontliner benefits.
Ombudsman Samuel Martires signed the order on Tuesday (October 27) to preventively suspend for six months Health Undersecretary Roger Tong-an; Kenneth Ronquillo, Maylene Beltran, Laureano Cruz and Esperanza Carating.
The order is to prevent the officials from potentially tampering with documents or evidence while an investigation on the health department is ongoing.
The investigation was opened in June to look into the alleged delay in the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical gears, alleged lapses that led to the rising number of health workers infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), inaction to the release of financial benefits for fallen medical workers, as well as confusing and delayed reports of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The DOH previously welcomed the said investigation and assured they will fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities. AAC
The Philippines records a total of 1,509 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with 362,243 total cases, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday (October 21).
The DOH also recorded 60 deaths and 911 recoveries. The day’s recorded recoveries brought the total number to 311,506.
Based on DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin no. 221, 90% of the total daily cases occurred within the recent 14 days, while the top regions in the recent two weeks are in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 320 cases, and Region 4A with 297 cases.
The DOH also added that 41 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Thirty-one recovered cases and three deaths have also been removed from the list.
The University of the Philippines Octa Research Team said there are still areas with high COVID-19 cases since October 11, based on their research. These areas include several areas in the National Capital Region (NCR), Pasig, Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong, and Marikina.
Meanwhile, DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said 60-70% of the country’s population should be vaccinated against COVID-19 for herd immunity.
“It doesn’t stop there because we would need 60-70% of the population immunized so we can have herd immunity. So when we talk about P12.5 billion that is just covering our population,” she said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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