Kitty Duterte, 2 presidential grandkids got Dengvaxia shots

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MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s youngest daughter and two of his grandchildren are among thousands of Filipino children inoculated with controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

This was confirmed to ABS-CBN News by Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.

Go said Veronica “Kitty” Duterte, Duterte’s daughter with his partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, received the vaccine.

Go also confirmed that Uno and Sabina, children of former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, also received the vaccine along with their mother January.

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a bill seeking to provide more funds for medical assistance to those vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

Kitty is Duterte’s teenage daughter with partner Honeylet Avanceña. Sabina and Uno are children of former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte with his second wife, January Navares Duterte.

Go and Acosta, however, could not give details on when the children were given the shots.

Dengvaxia and its manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, as well as officials of the Aquino administration have been the subject of congressional investigations. This was after Sanofi announced an update in late 2017, acknowledging that the vaccine exposed recipients to more severe dengue if they got Dengvaxia without having developed the infection before.