Philippines Senate panel backs criminal charges against former president Aquino over dengue vaccine scandal

Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino at a hearing on the anti-dengue drug Dengvaxia at the Philippine Senate, on Dec 14, 2017.
Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino at a hearing on the anti-dengue drug Dengvaxia at the Philippine Senate, on Dec 14, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA - A Senate panel on Wednesday (April 11) delivered a scathing indictment of former president Benigno Aquino over his decision to inoculate over a million children with a dengue vaccine manufactured by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur.

The Dengvaxia vaccination programme sparked a public furore after Sanofi revealed that vaccinating children who have not had dengue could lead to a more lethal strain of the disease.

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