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FDA orders market pullout of Dengvaxia vaccine

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STOP THE SALE. A health worker shows used vials of Dengvaxia administered to students in Manila before Sanofi gave an update that the vaccine is risky for those who had no prior infection. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The drug regulatory agency also directs pharma giant Sanofi to ‘conduct an information dissemination campaign through advisories, Dear Doctor letters, and patient fora’

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 5, 2017) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday night, December 4, ordered the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur to pull out its Dengvaxia vaccine from the market, “pending compliance with the directives of the FDA.” Continue reading FDA orders market pullout of Dengvaxia vaccine

Sanofi can’t trace individuals at risk, but continues to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

a health worker shows off used vials of dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility
RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will Sanofi shoulder the costs of individuals who might contract severe dengue after receiving the vaccine? The company only says it is collaborating with the Department of Health

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 4, 2017) — French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur said on Monday, December 4, there is no way of tracing who among the over 700,000 Filipino youth given the Dengvaxia vaccine are at risk from contracting severe dengue. Continue reading Sanofi can’t trace individuals at risk, but continues to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

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STEP UP EFFORTS. In this file photo, negotiators await the final announcement during the COP21 in Paris, France in 2015. Photo by Arnaud Bouissou/MEDDE

With the current emission reduction targets set us on a pathway to 2.7-3.1 degrees Celsius, the report illustrates the urgent need for country leaders to step up their efforts to reach the targets set in the Paris climate agreement

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 3, 2017) — The climate battle is an uphill trek. With our current commitments to reduce our carbon emissions, we are not on track to achieve the principal aim of the Paris climate agreement: keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing 1.5 degrees Celsius. Continue reading Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work
HEALTH. Studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work.

The roles and responsibilities of health professionals go way beyond treating diseases

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 23, 2017) — What makes climate change one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century? Continue reading Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

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RED WEDNESDAY. Vatican Ambassador to the Philippines Gabriele Giordano Caccia leads the prayers outside the Manila Cathedral for Red Wednesday on November 22, 2017, a day to support persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘We never thought that this persecution of Christians that started in the Middle East…would come to the Philippines,’ Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 22, 2017) — The mother church of the Philippines, the Manila Cathedral, was bathed in red lights on Wednesday evening, November 22, as Filipinos marked a day to support persecuted Christians around the world. Continue reading Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

Climate Change Consciousness Week events: ‘Science, policy, and climate action’

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CLIMATE ACTION. It is about time to take climate change seriously and take responsibility

The annual observance will run from November 20 to 24

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 20, 2017) — The Philippines will observe the Climate Change Consciousness Week from November 20, Monday, until November 24, Friday. Continue reading Climate Change Consciousness Week events: ‘Science, policy, and climate action’

A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

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The Trump administration is peeling away rules designed to protect clean air and water, fueling a growing urgency around the struggle for environmental justice, say political leaders, academics and activists

November 20, 2017 — The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Continue reading A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

a woman picks up what's left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in eastern samar
AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what’s left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AKLAN, Philippines (Nov. 5, 2017) — Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), most survivors still carry the emotional burden brought by the catastrophic disaster that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Continue reading 4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

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ADDED PROTECTION. Whale sharks are among the animals that received added protection at the Conservation of Migratory Species conference held in Manila. File photo by Gonzalo Araujo

Host country the Philippines lobbies for the inclusion of the whale shark, which has become a major tourist attraction

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 29, 2017) — Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organizers said on Saturday, October 28. Continue reading Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change

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‘The train has left the station, the train is speeding up, but we need to speed up more,’ says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 27, 2017) — United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) head Erik Solheim on Wednesday, October 25, said nations “need to speed up” when it comes to climate change. Continue reading UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change