- PCMC admitted direct involvement in the procurement of Dengvaxia
- Ex-health secretary Garin denied involvement and pointed to PCMC as the one responsible for the purchase of anti-dengue vaccines
- The PCMC executive director said they procured Dengvaxia upon the orders of Garin
Former health secretary Janet Garin claimed in an interview that the Department of Health (DOH) under her leadership was not involved in the procurement of Dengvaxia, the world’s first anti-dengue vaccine. She said it was the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) that was involved in the purchase of the vaccine.
According to GMA News, PCMC Executive Director Dr. Julius Lecciones admitted he was directly involved in the purchase of the P3.5 billion worth of Dengvaxia from Sanofi Pasteur.
However, Lecciones said the procurement of the vaccines was made upon the orders of then DOH secretary Garin.
“Ang PCMC ang inatasan ng DOH, ng Secretary of Health, na kung maaaring siya ang mag-procure para sa pangangailangan nila sa Dengvaxia. Wala naman akong nakitang maaaring legal o ilegal dahil from time to time kami naman ay nagpu-procure para sa DOH. Inilagay sa akin, itinransfer ang P3 billion lang actually na ibinayad diyan na tinanggap ko at ibinigay sa Zuellig [Pharmaceutical] na siya pong suupplier, distributor,” he added.,” Lecciones said.
[The SDOH secretary ordered the PCMC to procure Dengvaxia for their (DOH) needs. I did not see anything illegal because from time to time we procure for the DOH. Only P3 billion was actually transferred to me that was used to pay for it (Dengvaxia) and I gave it to Zuellig which is the supplier and distributor]
Lecciones said that when they made the purchase, they were made to believe that there was nothing wrong with Dengvaxia.