The DOJ declared on Friday it had accused Former Health Secretary Janette Garin with eight counts of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide for what it said were routine lapses in the operation mass dengue immunization programs rolled out in the final months of the Aquino administration which costed about P3.5 billion in funds Likewise charged were nine officials of the Department of Health (DOH), eight counts each; two officials of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), eight counts each; two officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), four counts each; and six executives of Sanofi Pasteur Inc., eight counts each. The felony brings a prison term of up to six years.
Garin and other 19 health officials and drug execs would face trial for the crime of neglect for the resulted deaths of 8 school children who were administered the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine.Prosecutors did not charge them for torture, as requested by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) who aided the parents of said school children in filing their complaints. The PAO forensics team has attributed to the vaccine the deaths of the children.
Yet the DOJ canned the complaint for a ninth alleged victim, Reijazztine Justin Alimagno, due to insufficient evidence and also dismissed the complaint against incumbent Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, former OIC Herminigildo Valle, two officers from Sanofi and all officers of distributor Zuellig Pharma Corp. At the moment of this article, other prosecution panels are handling the other complaints.
Sanofi Executives, makers of the vaccine were also blamed for failing to monitor the recipients and lacked covering assistance when serious adverse reactions were described. Garin asserted that the vaccine was safe for use and blamed politicking behind the decision to file criminal charges, she said in a statement to the media. She added that the rest of the world was presently benefiting from the vaccine and that 20 countries including the United States, as well as the European Union, were recommending the use of Dengvaxia.Garin also appealed the World Health Organization’s advisory that the vaccine does not cause deaths.