Former Health Secretary Janette Garin stood before a press conference to answer questions surrounding the controversial Dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.
Garin vehemently denied that the procurement of Dengvaxia for national immunization was made on a “midnight deal.”
She clarified that there was no corruption and malice involved. She was quoted by ABS-CBN saying, “Wala po itong korupsiyon. Wala itong hinahangad na pagmamadali dahil matagal na pong pinag-uusapan ang problema ng dengue.” [There was no corruption. There was no intention to “fast-track” because we have been talking about problems on Dengue for a long time.]
She insisted that the talks on procurement of Dengvaxia started even before her time. It was during the time of her predecessor, Enrique Ona, in 2010.
Garin also defended her dinner in Paris with Sanofi Pasteur’s officials; saying that it was done on record and no malice.
She said, “It’s not a midnight deal. Everything was above board. The integrity management committee report of the DOH will show that. Inuulit ko. The report is there.”
It was during the Aquino administration that the government bought P3.5 billion worth of the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, for the national immunization program.
A public outcry came when the vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, revealed a warning on the use of the vaccine to those without history of Dengue. The vaccine can cause more severe symptoms to those who have not been previously exposed to Dengue.
You can watch an excerpt of the presscon via ABS-CBN’s Youtube channel.