Former Well being Secretary Janette Garin admitted that she met with officers of Sanofi Pasteur in Paris two years in the past to debate the pharmaceutical agency’s now-controversial antidengue vaccine.
In an interview aired over ANC on Friday night time, Garin confirmed that she met with a few of the French drug agency’s officers, however maintained that there was “no malice.”
“Nagkamali po talaga ako kasi I used to be being requested on a dinner that occurred two years in the past (I made a mistake, I used to be being requested on a dinner that occurred two years in the past),” she stated.
She added: “However let me put it categorically. I supposedly denied it. What I stated was, I can’t recollect it.”
It was underneath Garin’s time period that the dengue immunization program of the Division of Well being (DOH) started, utilizing Dengvaxia, the world’s first antidengue vaccine.
Nonetheless, the vaccine got here underneath hearth after Sanofi admitted that it would improve the danger for extreme dengue in those that had no prior dengue infections.
Greater than 830,000 college kids have been vaccinated with Dengvaxia underneath the DOH’s dengue immunization program, which Well being Secretary Francisco Duque III has suspended.
The federal government spent P3.5 billion for the vaccine, which Duque now needs refunded by Sanofi.
Earlier, Garin confirmed that she was in Paris in Might 2015, however denied she met officers of the pharmaceutical large to debate the vaccine.
The previous well being secretary maintained that she solely met with the French minister for well being.
Nonetheless, a report from the Division of Overseas Affairs (DFA) revealed that Garin met with Sanofi officers throughout her Might 2015 journey to Paris to debate the Dengvaxia vaccine.
The report claimed that Sanofi gave Garin and her delegation a tour of a dengue facility in Lyon, Japanese France.
Within the interview on Friday night time, Garin stated she recalled the assembly however maintained that there was no malice behind her actions.
“I recall once I went there, [Philippine] Ambassador [to France Theresa]Lazaro stated, ‘Why don’t you go by a vaccine manufacturing unit?’ I simply forgot the title,” she stated.
Garin added: “If there was malice in that assembly, then why did we meet with somebody from the DFA there?”
The previous well being secretary stated she solely wished to know when the vaccine can be launched and the way a lot it could value, noting that the Philippines was not alone in inquiring in regards to the vaccine.
She added that talks on the deliberate dengue vaccination program started as early as 2010 throughout the time period of her predecessor, Dr. Enrique Ona.
“If I have been hiding one thing, I cannot do it within the presence of the DFA. We all know that we needs to be clear,” Garin stated.
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