UP-PGH to review deaths of 14 kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

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HEALTH OFFICIALS. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo, Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Undersecretary Mario Villaverde answer questions during a media forum on January 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

If deaths or disease come to children who have gotten the dengue vaccine since March 2016, the health department asks parents to report the cases to UP-PGH

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 6, 2018) — A panel of top doctors from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) is set to review the deaths of 14 children who had received the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. Continue reading UP-PGH to review deaths of 14 kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DOH won’t file cases over Dengvaxia issue, will focus on kids’ safety

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INFO CAMPAIGN. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III holds up a sample poster on Dengvaxia FAQs that will be put up in schools. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III leaves it up the DOJ, the NBI, and non-governmental groups to go after Aquino administration officials and Sanofi Pasteur

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 5, 2018) — Don’t expect the Department of Health (DOH) to file any cases against officials who should be held accountable for the now-suspended dengue vaccination program. Continue reading DOH won’t file cases over Dengvaxia issue, will focus on kids’ safety

FDA suspends Dengvaxia sale for a year, fines Sanofi P100,000

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RISKY VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the Department of Health on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi is punished for failing to comply with post-marketing authorization requirements for its controversial dengue vaccine

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 5, 2018) — Troubles continue for French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur as the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspended its sale of the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccine for a year. Continue reading FDA suspends Dengvaxia sale for a year, fines Sanofi P100,000

Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

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The forests of Wayqecha, Peru rely on moisture from clouds to sustain themselves but climate change is moving that cloud layer higher every year. Photograph: Dan Metcalfe

Global warming is predicted to push clouds higher in the sky. One scientist hopes to understand the future of our forests by suspending a vast fog-catching mesh in the Peruvian jungle

January 5, 2018 — What will happen if climate change pushes clouds higher into the sky, as models predict? One ecosystem that will be seriously affected will be cloud forests – tropical jungles persistently bathed in fog. Continue reading Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest