THE Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) yesterday formally asked the Department of Justice to include two government doctors in the criminal charges involving the Dengvaxia vaccine fiasco.
PAO, representing the complainants, sought the inclusion of Dr. Raymundo W. Lo and Dr. Sonia B. Gonzales as among those liable for the incident which resulted in the deaths of a number of children.
“The heart of the instant case concerns the lives and health of the Filipino children inoculated with a new and experimental vaccine without their or their families' informed consent and without proper screening,” PAO’s motion stated.
“The complicity of Dr. Lo and Dr. Gonzales to the purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine with undue haste despite the fact that it is still on its trial stage is manifest making them liable as the other respondents in this case,” PAO added.
According to PAO, as of Nov. 23, at least 102 children who received Dengvaxia vaccine already died while all of them exhibited a common pattern in signs and symptoms.
Among the evidence filed by the complainants in support of their case was a purchase receipt dated Jan. 21, 2016 signed by Lo as head of the center and Gonzales, who signed on his behalf proving they requested the purchase of Dengue Tetravalent Vaccine for the Expanded Program of Immunization.