Former Health chief Garin claims no midnight deal in procuring Dengvaxia

Friday, December 15th, 2017. Filed under: Health & Fitness Hometown Lifestyle News Philippine News
Senator Dick Gordon talks to former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin before the Senate hearing on the alleged P3.5 Billion worth of questionable dengue vaccines that had been administered by DOH to 280,000 students without passing through WHO prequalification requirements. Also present during the hearing are former DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial and current DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III. (MNS photo)

Senator Dick Gordon talks to former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin before the Senate hearing on the alleged P3.5 Billion worth of questionable dengue vaccines that had been administered by DOH to 280,000 students without passing through WHO prequalification requirements. Also present during the hearing are former DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial and current DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Dec 11 (Mabuhay) –Former Health Secretary Janette Garin on Monday refuted claims of corruption and conspiracy in the procurement of P3.5 billion worth of Dengvaxia vaccines from French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur.

“Wala po itong corruption, wala po itong pinaghahangad na pagmamadali dahil matagal na pong pinaguusapan ang dengue,” she said in a press conference ahead of a Senate hearing on the matter.

On Sunday, Senator Richard Gordon speculated on a possible conspiracy in the procurement of the Dengvaxia vaccines which have been recalled after it was reported to likely induce severe dengue in vaccinated children who have not been afflicted by dengue in the past.

“Merong very, very strong signs na parang may conspiracy,” Gordon said Sunday.

On Monday, however, Garin said the procurement process was strictly followed by the government.

“The documents will show that it is a long process. Talks started in 2010. Pinaigting ito nung 2012… It’s not a midnight deal. Everything was above board,” she said.

Garin backed officials of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) and clarified that they were not in connivance regarding the procurement.

“Let me categorically state that based on my personal knowledge and in the one and a half years that I’ve been working with them, I have never heard any question of integrity with regards to people and officials of PCMC,” she said.

Garin claimed earlier that the PCMC was responsible for purchasing Dengvaxia from Sanofi Pasteur. (MNS)

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