Duterte's daughter, grandchild received Dengvaxia, says Bong Go


Posted at May 23 2018 07:50 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte with partner Honeylet Avanceña and daughter Kitty at a Palace party in December 2016. King Rodriguez, Presidential Photo/File

MANILA - Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go early Wednesday corrected a previous report regarding members of the Duterte family who were inoculated with controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

It was only Duterte's youngest daughter and granddaughter who got the vaccine, he said.

They are Veronica "Kitty" Duterte, Duterte’s daughter with his partner Cielito "Honeylet" Avanceña, and Sabina, daughter of former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

Go earlier said that Paolo's son Uno also received the vaccine.

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a bill seeking to provide more funds for medical assistance to those vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

The government initiated the nationwide immunization program in the summer of 2016, purchasing P3.5 billion in Dengvaxia shots for 1 million public school children in regions reported to have the highest incidence of dengue.

The Department of Health stopped the program in December after drug maker Sanofi Pasteur said it might increase the risk of severe dengue in recipients who had not contracted the mosquito-borne disease. 

Sanofi's announcement triggered a health scare, but the drug firm has asserted that no death has been confirmed to have been caused by the drug. 

Earlier this month, the President created his own panel to investigate alleged risks associated with the vaccine.

- with reports from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News