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PhilHealth seeks “Dengvaxia refund”

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The government seek full refund about P3.5B spent for an anti dengue vaccine and wanted its manufacturer to set up fund to covered the hospital bills racked up by individuals who would suffer from a severe case of dengue after getting the vaccine shots.

The massive dengue immunization program was suspended after the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, disclosed the cause severe symptoms in people who had not experience.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said “We will demand the refund of the P3.5 billion paid, and that Sanofi set up an indemnification fund to cover hospitalization and treatment for children with severe dengue.”

Duque said PhilHealth would pay up to P16,000 each dengue case, but Sanofi should shoulder any excess amount.

“I mean, you know, that’s something that can be explored. It’s not an improbability that’s an order,” he said.

The Coalition for People’s Right to Health (CPRH), group of health professionals and advocates called an independent investigation of the botched vaccination program and for the “heads to roll.”

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