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Kaya dinidiin si PNoy? Garin finds way out of Dengvaxia mess as Alvarez’s adviser

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Former Health Secretary Janette Garin appears to be turning on the tables on former President Benigno Aquino III in an effort to escape responsibility for the procurement of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.

Citing reports, former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Winnie Monsod said Garin pointed to Aquino as the one who negotiated with pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur regarding the purchase of the anti-dengue vaccine in 2015.

It was also Aquino, Garin claimed, who decided to go ahead with the immunization program.

Garin’s motives appear to be suspect as she’s now an adviser of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Unfortunately for Garin, ABS-CBN got hold of a dispatch from the Philippine Embassy in France which revealed it was she who met with Sanofi Pasteur executives in Paris to discuss Dengvaxia before it was licensed by the Food and Drug Administration.

For Monsod, it’s Garin, more than Aquino, who has a lot more explaining to do.

“Ms. Garin was making a deal with Sanofi way ahead of the Food and Drug Administration’s licensing of Dengvaxia in the Philippines (done in December 2015), and way ahead of its inclusion in the National Formulary, a list of medicines which government agencies can buy (done sometime in February 2016). And ahead of any inclusion in the government budget. This goes completely against all government processes,” she said.