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Philippines defied local specialists' advice in pursuing dengue immunisation programme

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Dr Garin - pictured here at a hearing on the anti dengue drug Dengvaxia at the Philippine senate in Pasay city, Manila, on Dec 11 - has defended her conduct and a programme that she says was implemented in accordance with WHO guidance and recommendations.

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AS SHE announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunise one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world first and a tribute to her country's "expertise" in research.

At the time, it seemed...

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